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Tear Jerker / Miraculous Ladybug

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"Do you ever get the feeling that you're stuck, Kagami? That no matter what you do, it's the same old story over and over again? That things will never ever change?"

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    General 

  • Adrien's home life. His mother is missing. His father is absent most of the time (and heavily implied to have turned emotionally abusive as well as the outright shown Parental Neglect after losing his wife). And he has no friends other than Chloé. And despite all of that, Adrien is still a sweet and kind person. He needs a big hug.
    • In the French dub, he addresses his father using the formal form of "you", which is normally used for strangers.
    • And the life he lives? It protects him from being akumatizedbecause he's used to being disappointed. Our poor kitty has gotten let down by his father so many times, being unsurprised by it happening again that it is a stinking super power! Adrien deserves all the hugs!
  • Sabrina's relationship with Chloé. The poor girl seems to think that friendship means completely subsuming herself to her "friend" and always comes back to Chloé no matter how much abuse the Alpha Bitch throws at her. Even Chloé's Pet the Dog moments can be read as her simply reasserting her control. In other words, if this were a romantic relationship, Sabrina would fit all the requirements for being a Love Martyr.
  • In the past, the Miraculouses were surely involved in spilling some blood, and not all of the past holders had a happyending.
    • Joan of Arcreally did receive a message of "divine intervention", this being the power of the Ladybug Miraculous. After fighting for her people —the French— she gets accused of heresy by the English, is unable to get herself out of her trial, and is burnt at the stake at the age of nineteen—not much older than Marinette. Only posthumously was she acknowledged for her heroism. She never killed anyonein her entire life. One wonders what Tikki's thoughts on the entire ordeal were.
    • Hippolyta, during Herakles' nine labors, is mainly said by myth to have either been killed, abducted, eloped to wed with Theseus and was seen as a traitor to her people, or eloped and was cheated on by Theseus—to which she responded by sicc-ing her Amazons on Theseus and co.—but was still killed. No Wonder Woman incarnation as far as we know.
  • Whilst it had been theorised long beforehand, it's finally confirmed in "Style Queen" that Gabriel is seeking the Miraculous because his wife is being kept in a stasis chamber underneath Agreste Mansion, either deathly ill or flat out dead, and he wants to use the ultimate power to save/revive her. The series Big Bad is really just a desperate man trying to pull his family back together.

    Season 1 

Stormy Weather
  • Aurore Beauréal loses the contest and is very upset because of this. Being mocked by Alec just makes things worse.

The Bubbler

  • Adrien is a walking Tearjerker when it's his birthday but only one person remembered to give him a present and he doesn't know who, his father rejects his request for a birthday party, and his best friend turns into a villain on his behalf. His Eating Lunch Alone scene at home sells it, with Adrien looking like a kicked puppy.
  • Adrien's father assigned his assistant to buy Adrien a birthday present; his father couldn't be bothered to choose a present ahead of time. Ouch.
  • Nathalie callously taking Marinette's signature off the present for Adrien.
  • Marinette's transformation sequence after seeing her parents being abducted by the Bubbler. The stock footage has been modified to give her distressed facial expressions rather than the heroic and perky face she usually has. It's easy to miss on the first watch, especially since this was first episode aired in the States.
  • Marinette argues with The Bubbler that adults love their children and care for them, to which Cat Noir mutters, "Most of them anyway."

Timebreaker

  • Alix breaks down upon seeing her pocket watch destroyed because of Chloé, and angrily puts the blame on her friends before leaving, despite their attempts to console her.

    Alix:You're all to blame!

    • The second time was probably even worse: after putting the blame on Ladybug, Alix kneeled down, visibly as broken as her watch, and angrily cries on its pieces. She doesn't even make an attempt to flee, after Future-Ladybug told the classmates to go away from Future-Timebreaker, leaving herself vulnerable to the akuma.
  • During her rampage, Timebreaker was about to take Ladybug's energy when Cat Noir jumps between them to protect Ladybug, thus taking the hit for himself. While Timebreaker gloats at getting his energy. Ladybug lets out a Big "NO!" and tearfully embraces his fading body before angrily glaring at her and resuming the fight.
    • What's more, he had very little time to act, so it's likely he acted wholly on reflex, which is how he had the time to put himself in the position he was in, rather than just putting his body between Ladybug and Timebreaker. He's kneeling in front of her, hugging her, with his eyes closed and looking like he's about to cry himself. Only way he could have had the time to place himself like that is if he moved without thinking about anything except her safety.

Evillustrator

  • Chloé bullying Nathanael and Sabrina especially when later on Sabrina reveals she has no idea what true friendship is, concludes that Marinette is not so different from Chloé during a Not What It Looks Like moment and goes back to Chloé when the latter lends her a nice beret.
  • Evillustrator's heartbreak when he realizes that Marinette only went on a date with him so as to help Cat Noir revert him to normal.
  • Adrien's surprise when Marinette tells him that he is cooler than Cat Noir. What makes this sad? In the Webisodes, Cat has admitted that he only gets to be himself when he's Cat Noir. In a nutshell, Marinette likes the mask (when he's "unmasked") rather than the actual person.

Rogercop

  • Cat Noir's reaction when Ladybug falls from the flying car, several hundred feet in the air. He shouts her name, and for a moment when Rogercop grabs him he goes completely limp, as if he's lost the will to fight.
    • Even worse - as she was falling, she threw out her yo-yo and called for him to catch her. He failed. If Ladybug hadn't caught herself on the way down, Cat Noir would have absoulutely blamed himself for the results.

Dark Cupid

  • To say that Kim was upset after Chloé humiliated him is an understatement.

Darkblade

  • Armand D'Argencourt losing the the election that badly is hurtful enough. Being ridiculed for the defeat on TV makes it even worse.

The Gamer

Animan

  • During the episode's final confrontation, Ladybug appears to get eaten by a T. rex. The look on Cat Noir's face is heartbreaking.

Antibug

  • Chloé's Kick the Dog moment towards Sabrina for embarrassing her.
  • Sabrina's trauma after she's turned back to normal. My God, What Have I Done? is in full swing.
  • Given her general attitude, it's hard to feel too sorry for Chloé, but after being embarrassed on TV in front of her favorite rock star, and later getting told off by her idol and called a liar, Chloé first reacts with anger, declaring she is no longer Ladybug's fan, but then begins crying. It's a rare moment where we see Chloé like that.

The Puppeteer

  • Marinette never letting Manon win during their plushie fights. Manon points out the unfairness. The look of realization on Marinette's face when Manon calls her out just makes it all the more poignant.
  • Cat Noir freaking out at the thought of the Puppeteer controlling him. He likely flashes back to nearly killing Ladybug in "Dark Cupid".

Reflekta

  • Poor Juleka crying in the washroom after Chloé and Sabrina's cruel trick excludes her from the class picture. Not even sweet Rose, her best friend, can convince Juleka that she's not just an eyesore. It really hits home for anyone who's ever felt ignored or undesirable in the eyes of their peers.

Simon Says

  • It's quite sad to see how much Adrien misses his mother and how surprised he is when his father hugs him. Gabriel then ruins the moment by asking about Adrien's ring, reminding his son how little attention he receives from his father.
  • While Adrien is looking at pictures of him and his mom, Plagg is sitting on his shoulder, giving him a look of sympathy. Plagg, the little comical Kwami that's a bit of a jerk to Adrien, is feeling bad for him and his situation with his family.
  • Marinette gets punished for missing school. She was not doing it deliberately; it was because of her superhero duties as Ladybug. What's more is that after Marinette's parents pronounce punishment on her, they look very sad and it is clear that they hate doing that.

Princess Fragrance

  • When Chloé tears up Rose's letter to Prince Ali, the poor girl is heartbroken.
  • Marinette tries to get entry into the Bourgeois' hotel by claiming to be Chloé's friend from school. The doorman promptly states that Chloé has no friends. Alpha Bitch or not, that's pretty sad.
  • Tikki's sick throughout the whole episode. Compared to her usual perky sweet self, the poor little fairy looks exhausted, perhaps even on the verge of dying. The way she insists in a tiny voice that she needs to transform with Marinette despite clearly being in no shape to do so is heartbreaking.

Volpina

  • Even if Lila deserves to be called out for her lies, she didn't deserve to be humiliated so harshly by Ladybug that she run away crying and got akumatized
  • The defeated look on Ladybug's face while she's reaching for her earrings to save Adrien.
  • Even after her deakumatization, Lila is still so hurt and upset that she rejects Ladybug's apology and developes a grudge against her.
  • After Lila is purified from the akuma, Ladybug is soon to detransform due to her use of the Lucky Charm, but still checks out Adrien's room first to see if he's okay. He, as Cat Noir, is in his bathroom, and turns the shower on to discourage Ladybug from entering, while pretending to be Adrien. After reassuring each other, Ladybug and Cat Noir lean their heads on the door and sadly sigh in unison; and when Ladybug leaves the house, Cat Noir exits the bathroom and forlornly stares at the window.

Origins, Part 1 - Ladybug & Cat Noir

  • Marinette's whole way of being after she messes up her first run as Ladybug; she was shown from the beginning of the episode to have horrible self-esteem issues (not helped by four years of Chloé bullying her), and when she fails to catch the black butterfly, she refuses to believe she's good for anything except being a klutz. Adrien isn't much better since he's trapped in his own house with no friends at all, and his father is even worse at listening to him than in the present day.
    • Same for Nino when we see him in this episode, he just seems so depressed and isolated compared to the future when he's all smiles. It shows that his friendship with Adrien helped him as much as it helped Adrien.
  • After Adrien argues with his father concerning wanting to attend public school, he runs past a portrait containing both his parents and himself, most likely done before his mother vanished. If you look carefully, Gabriel has a hand on Adrien's shoulder and even appears to be smiling or at least content. It's a heartbreaking implication of the impact Adrien's mother's disappearance has had on both Adrien and his father.
    • Worse in comparison to the giant portrait of Adrien and his father in the front hall; all in black, sad Adrien and Gabriel, who looks more posessive than supportive.
      • Imagine eating (all alone) across the old family portrait and having to watch the new painting on the way to your room. Every single day.
    • Makes things even sadder, being that Gabriel is actually Hawk Moth. The reason why he captured a kwami, forced him to use his power for evil and turned humans &#; among them innocent children &#; evil, because his heart was broken when he lost the person he loved the most.
  • This one is sort of a Fridge Tear Jerker: Marinette's best friends are Alya and Adrien (usually as Cat Noir), both of whom just recently joined the school. Who were Marinette's friends before they came?

Origins, Part 2 - Stoneheart

  • Adrien finally makes it to school and everyone seems happy to see him, especially Chloé. But then he greets Nino, who coldly asks him if he's Chloé's friend, ignoring Adrien's extended hand. Then, Marinette comes in a moment too late and sees what appears to be Adrien sticking gum on her seat (really him trying to undo a hurtful prank by Chloé to "put Alya and Marinette in their place" for "being rude to her") and refusing to believe anything he says for the same reason Nino treated him coldly. Given the close friendship Adrien eventually shares with both Nino and Marinette, it hurts to watch them treat him that way.
  • Chloé's treatment of both Ivan and Alya after the "Stoneheart" fiasco, cheerily calling after a fleeing Ivan that they're safer without him.
  • Mylène's apparent fear of Ivan, when all he wants is to confess his feelings.

    Season 2 

The Collector

  • Adrien is devastated when his father tells him that he's pulling him from school and the reactions of his friends aren't any better.
  • Adrien, as Cat Noir, is also devastated over the assertion that his father is Hawk Moth, but he can't let Ladybug know how deeply it affects him, lest he let the Cat out of the bag!
  • Adrien's panic over his father possibly being Hawk Moth is heartrending and even after his name is "cleared", fans are probably squirming uncomfortably at the idea that Gabriel has totally played both his son and Marinette and that he shows little concern over the various akumatees who have nearly killed both kids.
    • And Nathalie is in on the whole thing!
  • Despite being the Big Bad and putting innocent lives in danger near-daily—especially in this episode, where his Akuma could have killed his own son without him realizing it—he genuinely does love his son and wife, with the heavy implication being that he believes his actions are within their best interest. When will he realize that this isn't the way to go about things?

    Gabriel: My son is the most important to me.

Despair Bear

  • Chloé manages to garner a lot of sympathy this episode, surprisingly. First, Adrien threatens to end their friendship when she calls the fire department out of spite for Marinette and her father being in the spotlight instead of her. She is clearly shocked at this. Then, we find out that she seemed to have actually been very nice as a little kid through some flashbacks, one of which shows her mother leaving, and crying while she cuddles her teddy bear for comfort. And yeah, Adrien really was her only friend growing up. Beneath the spoiled Alpha Bitch exterior, Chloé can actually be a nice person. She's just horribly out of practice, likely due to her father spoiling her selfish whims.
  • A subtle moment is when Adrien is chewing Chloé out. He doesn't explode on her, he doesn't even raise his voice. It just sounds like it hurts him to say it. It really underscores that, for the longest time, she was his only friend, and as much as that conversation had to happen, it's one he never wanted to have.
  • There's something really cruel about Chloé firing Jean (the Butler). The poor guy genuinely wanted to help and encourage Chloé to do her best.

La Befana

  • Gina is legitimately heartbroken when Marinette leaves her to go to the party.

Robostus

  • Monsieur Damocles does not just deny Markov his sentienceby insisting he is a toy, he confiscates him away from Max, who Markov has never been separated from in his existence. It is genuinely distressing to hear Markov pleading him to bring him back to Max. The poor thing even whimpers in fear shortly after Damocles steps into the office.

Dark Owl

  • When Hawk Moth discovers the Miraculouses he just got are fakes, his triumphant smile falls into a look of genuine heartbreak and he lets out a Howl of Sorrow. It strangely tugs at your heartstrings, more so with the heavy hints of what he wants the ultimate power for.
  • A Fridge one: Tikki and Plagg now know who is behind the mask of the other hero. Plagg knows who is really the girl Adrien is madly in love with and Tikki now knows that the boy Marinette loves deeply is the one always helping her in her heroics, but both know that, for the greater good, they have to keep this secret. Both hold the key to their wielder's happiness, but cannot do anything about it.
  • Mr. Damocles is genuinely ashamed of himself after having his failure of identity exposed and made fun of in social media. He's even seen sadly whimpering in his office before Hawk Moth corrupts him.

Glaciator

  • Cat Noir in this episode is the source of most of the heartache in general.
    • He gets Stood Up by the girl he loves (or feels like it since Ladybug never really agreed to it) and becomes downright depressed by it, blowing out the candles one by one saying how much Ladybug loves him and says she doesn't love him at all on the last candle. He can't even bring himself to blow it out.
    • His talk with Marinette on her balcony has him telling her his feelings for Ladybug and Marinette even feels bad for the poor guy as she realizes that all the flirting wasn't just bluster.
    • When he takes Marinette to see the surprise he had for Ladybug, the camera turns to him and he's huddled over the rail looking at a candle, depressed that his lady never came.
    • Finally, we have his utter bitterness towards Ladybug when they meet up to fight Glaciator. It's probably the only time Cat has intentionally been antagonistic towards Ladybug and after seeing what Cat did as Marinette, Ladybug spends a good part of the fight just trying to make up with Cat, only working when he himself realizes what an idiot he's being.
    • To make things a little worse, before Adrien leaves for the 'date', he's waiting for his father to have dinner with him. Instead, Gabriel just decides to eat in his office and only tells his son to practice piano before bed. Adrien's bitterness was unjustified, but it's not hard to think that part of it was Adrien feeling lonelier than usual.
  • Marinette's plotline in the episode is less overtly heartbreaking, but it's still hard not to feel sorry for her. She's surrounded by happy couples, and all André's obsessing over romance seems to do is remind her that she's alone. It really does feel like Marinette's starting to give up on any hope she might have that Adrien could feel the same way about her.
  • Dramatic Irony just makes the balcony scene worse. Cat Noir and Marinette are lamenting their loneliness, not knowing the person they wish to be with is right next to them. Cat Noir has no idea he's pouring his heart out to Ladybug and Marinette has no idea that at this moment, she's spending time with Adrien just as she hoped she would earlier.

Gorizilla

  • Adrien seems close to tears when he tells his father that he feels he's always too busy to talk to him.

Zombizou

  • At the beginning of the episode, Sabrina tries to defend Chloé by saying that she's not good at remembering birthdays, like her mom was. As soon as Sabrina says that, Chloé cuts her off, saying that she doesn't need Sabrina telling her life story. While it's a small moment, it's a pretty serious hint at just how badly Audrey's departure affected Chloé.
  • Ladybug looks like she's on the verge of tears when Alya is infected, and decides to stay behind.

    Cat Noir: There's nothing we can do for her!
    Alya: He's right [stands on her knees, and smiles at Ladybug] Just go, and save us all.

  • Hawk Moth's comment that if true love truly conquers all, in the end he will win. This seems confirmation that he is seeking out the Ultimate Power to save someone he loves.
    • Later episodes would confirm that Gabriel is seeking out the Miraculous so that he may revive his comatose wife, Emilie.
  • Ms. Bustier is one of the few people we see fully reacting to the realization that they've been akumatized, and it's not pretty. For a moment, she hits the Despair Event Horizon after giving into Hawk Moth and hurting so many people, and fills with total self-loathing until Chloé takes responsibility for what happened - to see the person whose wonderful nature we saw the entire class gush about in the beginning of the episode on the verge of tears believing herself to be a terrible person is painful to watch.
  • Marinette does not take Ms. Bustier being akumatized in front of her well. To the extent that unlike most every other time she transforms into Ladybug, this time she looks visibly distressed. The difference is subtle, but undeniable.

Syren

  • Adrien/Cat Noir getting fed up with Ladybug keeping secrets from him. He nearly quits being Cat Noir until Plagg tells him that while Cat Noir can be replaced, Adrien can't.
  • Kim's clueless rejection of Ondine is heartbreaking. Hawk Moth proceeds to weaponize it. The flood that submerges Paris? Her tears.

Frightningale

  • Clara Nightningale's breakdown after she's forbidden to shoot her music video in Paris thanks to Chloé. Her crying sounds so genuine it's upsetting.

Troublemaker

  • When Penny shoves Bob, Alec, Jagged and the other camera men out of the Dupain-Cheng's living room, the other men head downstairs muttering to themselves, while Jagged stares back at the door like a kicked puppy.

Sandboy

  • We're shown just how bad Nooroo's situation is: the magic binding him to his master is so strong that he can't even leave the room and can even be kept from speaking if Gabriel wishes it. It's only slightly worse than how he treats his own son.
  • Adrien's nightmare is being trapped in his room; he's surrounded by iron bars and desperately crying out for his father. It's made worse by the fact that his father is indirectly responsible for causing this living nightmare in the first place, and is off being evil in some other part of the house while his son is crying for help.
    • It's subtle, but listen carefully to who Adrien calls out for help first. He calls out Nathalie's name before his father. While it's somewhat sweet that Adrien subconsciously sees Nathalie as a surrogate mother, it also just paints another layer on how damaged his relationship with Gabriel is. To put it bluntly — when Adrien was living through his nightmare, the first he yelled for help wasn't the man the who gave life to him, but his father's assistant. Because, on some level, Adrien believes that if he were in danger, his father wouldn't come as quickly as Nathalie.
  • Ladybug's nightmare is losing her powers and becoming useless and clumsy again. Cat Noir's nightmare is Ladybug hating him and becoming evil.
  • Even the generally unflappable Master Fu isn't immune; look past the narmybedsheet ghosts and you see a man who is still tormented by his accidental destruction of everyone he knew and loved.

Style Queen

  • Knowing that his son was turned into a gold statue by Style Queen as a revenge for him not showing up due to him giving her a second row seat at his fashion show, Hawk Moth/Gabriel has no other choice but keep reminding her to take Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses to prevent her from destroying Adrien.
  • Chloé tries to aid Ladybug to save both her mother and Adrien by offering to be Style Queen's assistant, help her to locate Gabriel and find both Ladybug and Cat Noir at the Eiffel Tower. Knowing how unstoppable her akumatized mother is, and as she begins to pull a Darkest Hour to draw Gabriel out, Chloé desperately begs Adrien to wake up and repeatedly knocks the force field around him. When Chloé notices Ladybug above her, she begs her to hurry to save them before Style Queen becomes aware of her arrival or Adrien dissolves.

Queen Wasp

  • Hawk Moth suffering a Villainous BSoD after the failure of Style Queen. It would be cathartic to see the Big Bad who's callously corrupted so many innocent civilians into super-villains finally break downexcept that Gabriel's standing before the cryogenic capsule containing his dead(?) wife, apologizing to her for not being able to succeed in his plan to bring her back.
    • In the French dub in particular, Gabriel sounds like he's barely holding back tears when he's apologizing to Emilie.
    • Later, when discussing the matter with Nathalie, Gabriel/Hawk Moth admits that He's Back mainly because he can't give up - he misses his wife too much to stop now.
    • Take note of the look on Nathalie's face afterwards - she might be helping Hawk Moth, but it's implied she'd be happier if he just walked away from it all.
  • More insight into Chloé's relationship with her mother comes up in this episode - namely that she doesn't have one. Audrey Bourgeois abandoned her to pursue her career as a fashion critic in New York, and after seeing Marinette's design work, Mrs. Bourgeois intends to bring Marinette back to the Big Apple with her to work on her dream of a fashion designer. Said invitation does not include Chloé, who's deeply upset by this.
  • Chloé might deserve the chewing out she gets from Ladybug, the media, and her own mother for her misuse of a Miraculous, but when she flees back to her apartment, she lets her haughty mask slip into an expression of regret.
  • After being brought back to her senses, Chloé notices the destroyed akuma-object (her Miraculous) and cradles it to her chest, looking miserable. Luckily, Ladybug's Lucky Charm restores it.
    • Which leads to another tearjerker, as Chloé begs Ladybug and Cat Noir for another chance, only to be gently reminded that it takes a lot more to be a hero than she's ready for.
  • What Chloé says in the final few minutes of the episode drive home how hurt and broken she truly is over her mother's abandonment.

    Chloé: Why don't you love me, mom?

  • It's subtle, but Chloé essentially says Sabrina is her Only Friend in her conversation with Audrey, ignoring her longtime friendship with Adrien. So either Chloé no longer considers Adrien a friend, or she believes that Adrien no longer considershera friend. Given what happens in "Malediktator", it's most likely the latter.

Malediktator

  • This episode shows that André learned his lesson in "Rogercop" and stopped abusing his powers. However, Chloé and Audrey storm into his office and order him to do exactly that by closing the school forever and banishing Marinette from Paris. He refuses to do so, so they berate him for being incapable of using his powers and eventually decide to abandon him and move to New York without a second thought. Even though André desperately tries to beg for his wife and daughter to stay, they both criticize him for not being able to satisfy his beloved daughter's needs. It leads to this exchange:

    Chloé: What kind of daddy are you when you can't even get me what I want?

    *Chloé and Audrey leave André*

    André: But what more can I do?

  • After Chloé and Audrey board the helicopter and leave, André tries to run after them yelling a Big "NO!" before collapsing to the floor and sobbing in despair. At this point, his grief and hopelessness made him Hawk Moth's newest target.
  • When Chloé boasts that she's leaving in front of the entire school, they all start rejoicing and throwing a party. When Adrien hears the news, he is distraught. He tells Marinette that Chloé was his Only Friend when Gabriel wouldn't allow him out as a child, which makes Marinette understand and regret her harsh actions.

    Adrien: Chloé left? For good?

    Marinette: Yeah! Isn't it great?

    Adrien: Er no. I think it's terrible. How can we celebrate a thing like that?

    Marinette: Er Chloé's a total brat to everyone. She was useless anyway.

    Adrien: Nobody's useless, not even Chloé. When I was little I wasn't allowed out. She was the Only Friend I had.

    Marinette: Ohwelluh shoot.

    Adrien: She left angry and unhappy. I can't celebrate that *he leaves*

    Marinette: I'm really sorry, Adrien.

  • Chloé meets Ladybug, who asks her about why Malediktator was so angry. At first, Chloé puts on her usual Never My Fault front and blames Marinette for being mean to her as well as her father for being angry all by himself. When her attitude starts to slip, Ladybug gently reassures her that she can trust her, which causes Chloé to reveal her hidden vulnerable side, admitting with tears in her eyes that she thinks she has no reason to stay in Paris as she's aware that she has no friends and she thinks of herself as useless. Ladybug reassures her that she can serve a purpose if she wants to, and gifts her the Bee Miraculous knowing that she can finally trust her to use her powers as Queen Bee responsibly.

Frozer

  • We get the double emotional whammy of Cat Noir despairing that Ladybug will never love him back, and Marinette thinking that Adrien will never love her back.

    Ladybug: I told you already, I'm in love with someone else.

    Cat Noir: I know m'lady but, if he weren't here, would things be different between us?

    Ladybug: Wellyou know, I can't even begin to imagine him not being here. *camera pans out to a bunch of Adrien advertisements in full Dramatic Irony mode*

  • Marinette thinking that Adrien is confessing he likes her only to find out he's talking about Kagami.
  • Marinette having an emotional breakdown when she can't choose between Adrien and Luka, plus seeing Adrien with Kagami.

Catalyst

  • It turns out that Lila has stayed at home for several months and had a permanent Face&#;Heel Turn ever since Ladybug destroyed her psyche back in 'Volpina'. She's excited when Hawk Moth gives her a chance to do evil again as Volpina and tarnish Ladybug's reputation when doing so. Had Ladybug not crossed the Moral Event Horizon in Lila's point of view, sure, she would still be a Consummate Liar, but at least she wouldn't have become the bitter and vengeful villain she is now.
  • To inspire fear and despair in Paris, Hawk Moth makes it look like he's akumatized Ladybug and has her kill Cat Noir with his own Cataclysm with Volpina's help.
    • The way everyone saw the incident. They're horrified when they see Ladybug, their savior from the akumas, turning into an akuma herself. However, they're even more horrified when she kills Cat Noir with his own Cataclysm, suggesting that they care about Cat Noir's heroism just as much as Ladybug. It gets even worse when suddenly akumas are everywhere and a whole army of supervillains lead by Hawk Moth himself appears.

Mayura

  • Hawk Moth, of all people, gets one when he realizes that Nathalie has taken up the Peacock Miraculous to become Mayura in order to save him from the heroes. Even under the present circumstances, you can tell that it wasn't what he wanted.

    Hawk Moth: No! Don't do that!

    • Worth noting that it's after Mayura vows that his despair will be embodied in a guardian spirit that Hawk Moth collapses to his knees. Before, when watching as Ladybug and the heroes closed in, he was wary, but not especially despairing. It was likely the realization that Nathalie was putting herself in danger for his sake which put him at the Despair Event Horizon.
    • Another possibility: when Hawk Moth first feels the Peacock wielder making contact with him, he might have instantly thought of his wife Emilie, since she would most likely have once communicated with him in this same way when she was the Peacock holder.
  • Later, after managing to escape, Gabriel is seen tending to a visibly-exhausted Nathalie, reminding her that the Peacock Miraculous is damaged, thus its power being Cast from Hit Points. The worry in his voice makes it clear that he didn't want her to put herself in harm's way, even though he was cornered.
    • Overlaps with a heartwarming moment when Nathalie declares that it was Worth Itto protect him. Hawk Moth is visibly moved by this.
  • At the end of the episode, while Marinette's classmates enjoy a picnic, Chloé refuses Sabrina's cake in her usual manner. Poor Sabrina burst into tears, and goes on for a while. Worse, absolutely nobody seems to notice it, especially since the attention is soon drawn to Adrien's entrance.

    Season 3 

Chameleon
  • Lila lies about having a hearing condition as an excuse to sit with Adrien, forcing Marinette to sit at the back. Marinette points out that she isn't comfortable with how she has to move to the back against her own will, so Adrien decides to move in order to accompany her. Then, Lila plays a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to make herself look sympathetic and shift the blame on Marinette, causing all of her classmates (including the nicest ones) to give her dirty looks. What makes this scene even worse is that in the previous episode, the class arranged a picnic for Marinette to celebrate how nice and helpful she was, but it didn't last long after Lila endangered her reputation. That was enough to give Marinette plenty of negativity for Hawk Moth to seek out, but luckily she was able to calm down when Ms. Bustier started her lesson.
  • After Lila paints Marinette as the villain once again, the latter storms off to the bathrooms. When Lila comes in, she tries to get Marinette to lower her guard only to be called out for all of the lies she told to the class. Eventually, Lila takes off her facade and threatens Marinette that she'll turn her friends against her and there's nothing she can do. This causes poor Mari to feel even worse than before, admitting that Lila is worse than Chloé and expressing her frustration before crying in helplessness. While Marinette has crossed the Despair Event Horizon on a few occasions, she hasn't gotten to the point where she began to cry up until now.
    • Marinette tried to expose Lila on several occasions. As retaliation, Lila threatened to take the most appreciated person in the class, destroy her reputation and make her end up all alone. At the end of the episode she declares war on Marinette.
  • Speaking of Kick the Dog, Lila later gets akumatized into the shapeshifter Chameleon, and her first act with her new powers is to transform into Adrien and act like a complete jerk to Nino, Adrien's best friend. The illusion is immediately debunked when "Adrien" leaps from the second floor, but imagine Nino's shattered relationship with Adrien had Chameleon kept the ruse up

Backwarder

  • Due to a misunderstanding Marianne believes that Master Fu has moved on and is no longer in love with her. It breaks her heart.

Stormy Weather

  • Chloé bullying Aurore Beauréal about her grades and her past akumatizations. She is so upset that she gets akumatized again.

Reflekdoll

  • When Juleka is in front of the camera, the poor shy girl has a panic attack, and when she gets replaced by Marinette, she becomed so disappointed and upset that she gets akumatized and amokized.

Silencer

  • When Bob Roth calls his own son talentless during his gloating, XY is visibly hurt.

Onichan

  • It is clear that Lila suffers a lot because of the constant absence of her mother and that she doesn't get to see her very often. It does not excuse her actions but it explains a lot.

    Benigna Rossi: Hi, darling. Your breakfast is on the table, your lunch is in a bag, and your dinner is in the fridge. I'll be home late tonight again, but I'll do my best to be there this weekend.

  • When Kagami sees Lila's photo (of her supposedly kissing Adrien) she is completely heartbroken and even starts crying. Regardless of if you ship her with Adrien or not, it's particularly sad to see a normally stoic girl like Kagami break down.

Bakerix

  • Rolland hasn't seen his son or his family for 20 years because of a petty grudge about bread. He has also never met his granddaughter before.

Miraculer

  • When Chloé is ignored once again by Ladybug she is so upset that she lashes out at Sabrina. Her best friend is devastated.
  • Chloé's reaction to being told she can no longer be Queen Bee because of the threat to her and her family's safety. Uncharacteristic of known temper tantrum queen Chloé Bourgeois, she calmly detransforms and hands over the Bee Miraculous, it's clear how hurt she is. What is even worse is that she seems to have lost her faith in Ladybug; she does no longer want to play as her and even rips the photo apart.

Desperada

  • Aspik trying to protect Ladybug from Desperada's attacks for several months and failing 25, times.
    • This deserves further elaboration. Adrien said he had been trying for months, and a little math proves he wasn't lying. He could've gone as much as 90 days. Damn. Someone needs to give this kid a hug. For those who care  This is taking the aforementioned 25, tries. Given the explanation of a maximum five minutes per attempt, That's a total of , minutes, or days, provided he was close to the max on each try.

Startrain

  • When Adrien has to leave the trip early, Marinette is visibly disappointed. Thankfully, Alya managed to take a photo of Marinette and Adrien sleeping beside each other during the train ride.

Kwamibuster

  • Tikki having to lie to Marinette. She does it to protect her and her secret identity, but she still feels awful about it.
  • Ms. Mendeleiev being mocked and laughed at on TV for her discovery.

Feast

  • Master Fu created a sentimonster that destroyed the temple and devoured all the monks and most of the Miraculouses. Since this day he had to live with this guilt.
  • Adrien gets worried and visibly upset over Nathalie starting to suffer fainting spells like his mother did before she supposedly died. He clearly misses her as well.
  • Marinette pleading with Master Fu not to take away her Miraculous and let her and Cat Noir fight the sentimonster. It looks like she convinces him, and then he has Wayzz sneak into her and Adrien's bedrooms to steal the Miraculous while they slept.

Gamer

Ikari Gozen

  • Kagami depreciates herself and considers herself unworthy on several occasions.
  • Marinette realizes that Kagami has no friends and was trying to become hers. She feels horrible.
  • When Kagami is using Marinette&#;s phone, she accidentally sees a message from Alya in which she not only reveals that Marinette tried to make her fail, but she also expresses sympathy to Marinette for being &#;stuck&#; with Kagami. Kagami is so hurt that she almost gets akumatized.
  • As soon as Kagami realizes that her mother has caught onto her the poor girl is terrified.
  • Tomoe says that friendships can prove disappointing sometimes, implying that she had bad experiences.

Timetagger

  • Marinette suddenly loses the confidence in defeating Timetagger after having sent so many people back in time.
    • There's also the act she puts up when surrendering (even though it's fake). Everyone is convinced. It's not like the time when she and Cat Noir surrendered in "Dark Owl", she really had no chance in the present to stop Timetagger as he was just too powerful. If you look back, future Ladybug and Cat Noir were the real ones to put an end to him by following Ladybugs plan while they just managed to free the Akuma.
  • The fact that Bunnyx holds Cat Noir in low esteem, either not acknowledging him or constantly blaming him for damaging her Miraculous.
  • The titular villain reveals to Hawk Moth, after remarking that the Miraculouses aren't for him, but for the Future Hawk Moth instead. Gabriel is so distraught that he doesn't even comment on anything else in the battle, nor does he give his We Will Meet Again Speech. He just quietly closes his window, de-transforms, and doesn't even raise his voice at Nooroo. He just sadly leaves, lamenting that he has already lost. Even with Nathalie telling him he could have won, the look on his face is still full of distraught. Villain or not, it's hard not to feel sorry for him.

Party Crasher

  • Markov accidentally redirects all of the power in Agreste Mansion to the music system; including the power going to Emilie&#;s life support and the elevator to Hawk Moth's lair. Adrien&#;s mom almost dies and Gabriel is powerless to do something because he is trapped.
  • Wayhem becoming heartbroken after thinking that Adrien lied to him.

The Puppeteer 2

  • Manon is ignored several times and gets more and more upset. When she is left alone, she is so upset that she starts crying and gets akumatized.
  • Adrien thinks that Marinette is upset with him for some reason and feels very bad about it.
  • Marinette realizes that Adrien is in love with another girl (and doesn't know it is her alter ego). She is really saddened about this.

Cat Blanc

  • Despite Adrien clearly being happy with Marinette, his father still tries to divide the couple by blackmailing Marinette to break up with his son so that he can akumatize the crying, devastated and heartbroken girl. It almost works, too. Adrien is just as heartbroken as Marinette as he begs his bodyguard to allow him to chase Marinette.
  • When Nathalie learns that Adrien is Cat Noir, she is visibly shocked and shows regret.
  • As soon as he learns that his son is Cat Noir, Gabriel plans to akumatize him so that he can get his Miraculous. And unlike Nathalie, he goes through with his plan without any regrets or qualms. If there were any doubts about Gabriel truly being a bad person, let this moment alone vanquish them all.
  • Adrien learns that his mother is still alive and that his father is Hawk Moth. He is incredibly furious, hurt and devastated about these revelations, and gets akumatized as a consequence. Unfortunately, the trauma becomes so great, it overloads his Cataclysm, reducing Paris to a flooded wasteland and all the citizens are turned into lifeless statues. Basically, Adrien, in his grief and confusion, killed everyone he had ever loved.
  • Moments before her death, Ladybug still tries to calm Cat Blanc down and reaches out for him, calling him "My prince" just before being killed.
  • In the Bad Future, Paris is flooded and in ruins, while all that is left of the Parisians are statues. Doubles as Nightmare Fuel due to how freakishly-powerful an akumatized Cat Noir could be.
  • As unsettling as his character is, Cat Blanc is nothing more than a broken and traumatized teenager who wants to atone for his mistakes by taking Ladybug's Miraculous so he can fix them and be able to be loved again. For the standard of akumatized villains, Cat Blanc is an unique case.
  • Although Cat Blanc suffers nasty episodes of mental instability and constantly changes his behavior due to the akuma's side effects, it's still heartbreaking when he is shown shedding a Single Tear, quietly and sincerely telling Ladybug to save him.
    • This also can be doubled as part of Tears of Remorse and Broken Tears after we see what already happened at him. At the moment where he is able to calm down and control his emotions, Cat Blanc realizes how screwed up he is.
    • Ladybug then comforts him by wiping his tears and asking him if he still remembers his akuma located. Unfortunately, Cat Blanc snaps once again with a terrifying expression on his face, places her hand on his chest and tells her that the akuma is in his heart, but it's already broken. In the French version, he says that she already broke it.
    • Sure, his manic expressions are undoubtedly creepy, but if you look at his Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises closely, his pupils are still dilated. In real-life, cats with dilatied pupils/irises is a sign of excitement and fear. Likewise, Cat Blanc in his crazed state shows excitement over the return of "his lady", so he can get her Miraculous and fix everything. At the same time, he also shows fear over what he has already done to the world and Ladybug's refusal to take off her Miraculous.
    • Cat Blanc loses his trust in Ladybug after he believes she no longer loves him all because she questions his actions after seeing the Parisians (including his timeline's Ladybug and Hawk Moth) now as lifeless statues. The biggest Dramatic Irony part of this moment is that he absolutely has no idea that she is not his timeline's Ladybug. Judging by his first statement when the main timeline's Ladybug calls him from afar, Cat Blanc believes that his Ladybug has gone missing, instead of knowing that she became one of his first victims. His response after Ladybug questioning his actions? Yelling at her and threatening to destroy everything with a galaxy-sized Cataclysm that could potentially trigger the end of the universe all because he couldn't handle more "betrayal" from his beloved one.

      Cat Blanc: I didn't mean to. Why won't you try and help me fix it? The simple truth is you don&#;t love me anymore! So I might as well destroy you, me, our memories, EVERYTHING!

  • Cat Blanc spent months alone in the ruins of Paris, waiting for his lady.
  • After learning the reason why Cat Noir got akumatized by Hawk Moth, Bunnyx becomes very worried and afraid that Ladybug could be unable to save him.
    • Her expression is also heartbreaking. At first, she keeps her composure and focus, but her expression drops and she becomes panicked after knowing the truth behind Cat Blanc's akumatization.

      Bunnyx: Fix this nightmare, Ladybug! Please!

  • The biggest tear jerker of them all, however, is the ending. Ladybug knows that if she uses her Miraculous Ladybug to undo everything in the future, Hawk Moth will still come after Marinette and Adrien now that he knows they're Ladybug and Cat Noir. So, she has to undo the one thing that sets off this future: Adrien finally realizing Marinette and Ladybug are the same person.
  • The mere fact that as long as Gabriel as Hawk Moth is still at large, Ladybug and Cat Noir can't reveal their identities or even be together as a couple is heartbreaking in and of itself.

Félix

  • Adrien's friends all record video messages for him, in an attempt to comfort him, but Félix deletes the messages before Adrien can see them.
  • Félix pretends to be Adrien and sends a very nasty video to Adrien's friends. They are clearly upset; Alya, Juleka and Rose even get akumatized.
  • Adrien is initially delighted to see his cousin Félix again. Unfortunately, Félix has turned into a Manipulative Bastard (or maybe that was how he always was), and Adrien never gets the chance to just enjoy some time together.
  • Gabriel may be a villain, but stealing his wedding ring is still pretty cruel.
  • Adrien apologizes to Felix for not being able to go at his dad's funeral. Even for Felix, this is quite sad, considering that the show is aimed mainly for kids.

Ladybug

  • When Marinette and the "injured" Lila are in Mr. Damocles office to clear up the situation, Lila's parents do not show up. Once again, the implication is given that Lila has come to not care about anyone but herself because her own parents have never properly cared for her.
  • Mayura using the Ladybug Sentimonster to manipulate Cat Noir's feelings and steal his miraculous. The poor boy was finally getting his crush to love him back, and was seconds away from kissing her, just to realize that it was just a huge lie. His expression afterwards is heartbreaking.
  • The Ladybug Sentimonster is revealed to be Forced into Evil, with her own personality and willing to side with the heroes against Mayura. The latter then procedes to destroy her on the spot, and Ladybug and Cat Noir can't do anything to save her; basically seeing Ladybug (a sentient being) 'dying' in front of them. This makes Cat Noir so furious that he'd have seriously injured Mayura if Hawk Moth hadn't arrived on time.

Heart Hunter

  • When Marinette realizes how close Adrien and Kagami are, she is heartbroken but withdraws so that she won't be in their way.
    • Made especially sad because it's obvious from their expressions of hope, then of disappointment as she tries to decide what ice cream flavors she wants, showing that they were quite willing to continue as a trio.
  • Ladybug continues to ignore Chloé which clearly upsets her greatly. When her own parents get akumatized and Ladybug ignores her offer to help once again, she finally snaps.
  • Gabriel has done some terrible things, both as a super villain and a parent. However, there's something truly upsetting about him tearing away all the progress Chloé has made, even if her doing the right thing is sometimes for the wrong reason. Even before this Chloé has started to resent Ladybug so much that Hawk Moth's manipulations are enough that she willingly joins him and allows herself to get akumatized. She swears revenge on the heroes.
  • At the end of the episode, Marinette is so utterly devastated that she breaks down crying in Luka's arms.

Miracle Queen

  • The desperate Ladybug is blaming herself for everything that happened and even calls herself a failure several times.
  • Chloé has genuinely turned on Ladybug and joined Hawk Moth, and regrets nothing.
    • When Ladybug realizes this and confronts her, their falling-out is not pretty.
  • Many of the heroes might have to retire for good as Hawk Moth knows their identity now. As long as Hawk Moth is around, it is unlikely that we will see them again.
  • Master Fu sacrificing his memories and leaving Paris for good.
    • When Dragon Bug calls to Fu, asking his advice, he answers and tells her that she "holds all the keys" and that she always has. Moments later he affirms that she'll be a magnificent Guardian. The kwamis all call out, realising what he's about to do before he names Marinette the Guardian, and loses his memories.
  • Marinette misses her wise mentor and his guidance and worries that she is not ready to be his successor.
  • The kwamis, especially Pollen and Wayzz have to suffer a lot in this episode as they lose their Guardian. Wayzz couldn't even properly say goodbye to Master Fu and Pollen had to witness Chloé's downfall, her angry rant and her departure without even acknowledging her.
  • Marinette's Single Tear as she watches Master Fu leaving Paris with Marianne.
  • Marinette's expression of resigned grief as she turns away from Adrien, her main love interest in the series, who's sitting down with André's ice cream next to Kagami.
  • Ladybug and Adrien turning their backs and walk away from each other (complete with sad eyes) on the ending card is really soulcrushing

    Season 4 

Truth
  • In the beginning, Duusu is relieved his Miraculous is fixed and says he feels he thought he was in a nightmare, in bad hands. Nooroo, much to his chagrin, tells him it's real.
  • Marinette having to constantly interrupt her dates with Luka to stop Shadow Moth's continuous rampages on Paris.
  • Luka progressively getting sadder whenever Marinette has to ditch him, giving lame excuses that only get her further in trouble. Thankfully, he's not one to hold a grudge.
  • Luka reveals he never knew his dad while taking Marinette under a bridge, somewhere he hangs out to hear the water when he feels troubled.
    • Upon speaking out, Luka asks Marinette where she goes to when she disappears. Marinette has no choice but to tell him she can't tell him the truth. This actually devastates Luka, enough so that he's vulnerable to Shadow Moth's powers.
      • Despite his best efforts to resist, Luka succumbs to Shadow Moth's power. Even as he tells her to run, he can't fight it.
  • Truth loses it upon attacking his own friends, sister and mother when he gets none of the answers he wishes for. The kicker? His mom does give him an answer: his dad is none other than Jagged Stone.
  • Truth gets actually so enraged upon hearing Jagged admit he's Luka's real dad, he angrily asks him why he was never there, to be told given Jagged's lifestyle, he could never raise a kid. Just as he tries to smooth things over with his son, Truth sends him off the roof.
  • Marinette breaking up with Luka once they understand it can't work with Marinette's feelings for Adrien and her Ladybug duties.
  • Luka meeting up with Jagged at the pier. He forgot what he did as an Akuma, but Jagged hasn't.
  • The episode ends with Marinette being a crying mess on her bed, mourning the fact she can't have any friends, any boyfriend, anything while Shadow Moth is running loose. Her life is basically taken from her. Delves into Heartwarming when the Kwamis come to give her a hug.

Lies

  • Kagami loves drawing but her (blind) mother considers her not good enough.
  • Adrien and Kagami breaking up on pretty bad terms. Even their friendship is at least extremely strained which clearly upsets them.
  • Throughout this episode, one thing is made pretty clear: Marinette/Luka and Adrien/Kagami could never work, even without all the lies Marinette and Adrien have to tell to protect their secret identities.
    • Early on, we get a glimpse into Marinette's day. When she sees a news report about Adrien, she gushes about how awesome his life is, wearing the same dreamy expression she always wears when talking about him. Keep in mind that this takes place simultaneously with the events in "Truth", meaning that at this point she's still dating Luka.
    • Meanwhile, Adrien tries to show his true, goofy self to Kagami, only for her to tell him to stop acting like a clown. When Adrien quietly says that maybe the "clown" is who he really is, Kagami refutes it, saying that she knows who he is: the quiet, perfect boy she fell in love with.

Gang of Secrets

  • Even though Ladybug's rant at the cinema is hilarious on its own, it shows just how deeply the events of the past few episodes have affected her if a silly romantic comedy about a heroine who leads a double life can get to her like that.
  • Marinette's breakdown after she ends up driving her friends away from her room for fear of them discovering the Miracle Box.

    Now I don't have to lie anymore, sinceI don't have any friends to lie to.

  • While it's mixed with heartwarming, seeing an emotionally drained Marinette finally reveal her identity as Ladybug to Alya is absolutely heart-tugging. Even before she confesses, Marinette is clearly agonizing over whether or not to tell Alya the truth, and the ramifications it could have on their friendship.

Furious Fu

  • The Kwamis (especially Wayzz) are clearly missing Master Fu.
  • Marinette is doubting that she is a fitting guardian and is considering to give the Miracle Box to Su-Han, even if it means losing her memories.

Sole Crusher

  • Zoé struggling to fit in with her maternal family. She's forced to put up a bratty facade by her half-sister, an act that clearly makes her uncomfortable.
  • When they first meet, Zoé sullenly admits to Marinette that she only had one friend while she lived in New York.
  • The fact that Zoé was conceived from an affair Audrey had while she was in New York. Given how close in age Chloé and Zoé are, it's very likely this happened not long after she married Mayor Bourgeois and left Chloé for New York when she was just as infant.

Queen Banana

  • When Adrien asks the furious Chloé to apologize to the others, she gets so mad that she actually ends their friendship.

    Adrien: Hey, wait!

    Chloé: Adrikins! It's sweet of you to want to console me, but I'm fine. I'm going to get my revenge and send Zoé back to New York!

    Adrien: Actually, I came to suggest that you apologize to everyone.

    Chloé: Are you ill?! They ruined my film!

    Adrien: It was never your film, Chloé. It belonged to the group! You promised me you'd make an effort to stop being mean to everyone. I warned you that if you didn't, then we can no longer be friends.

    Chloé: You're as ridiculous that film! It's over, you're no longer my Adrikins, you're Adrinothing!

  • In the end, Chloé still hates Zoé and swears revenge on her.

Mega Leech

  • Mylène and Ivan have been protesting the construction of the Oxygen Tower for months, but they were ignored until it was almost too late to save the trees from being cut down.
  • Adrien is chastised by his abusive father for siding with the protestors and is told to go to his room. Worse, his passive acceptance of the punishment implies that this isn't the first time it's happened.

Guiltrip

  • Juleka stressing out over Rose's reoccurring illness. The poor girl gets so overwhelmed that she runs and hides in the school's boiler room to get away from everything.
  • Reflekta becoming Guiltrip's first victim. The sadness and guilt Juleka felt is so intense, not even Akumatization could change her mood.
  • Guiltrip's bubbles cause those it touches to become extremely depressed and voice the things they feel guilty about. It weighs on them so heavily that they can't even move, causing them to transform into catatonic clones of Reflekta.
    • When Ladybug and Cat Noir pass by Ivan, he's crying about how it's his fault everyone got captured.
    • Miss Mendeliev laments how she wasn't able to protect her students.
    • Nino, under the effects of Guiltrip's power, mentions how he feels like he's a terrible friend for not being able to help Adrien confront his strict father. Cat Noir takes notice, which leaves him vulnerable to the guilt bubbles, and he almost uses Cataclysm on himself over it.

Crocoduel

  • Some people might have a hard time watching Jagged and Anarka arguing in front of their kids. It's kinda hard not to feel sorry for Luka and Juleka. Really, it's a bad situation all around and it's made worst with them getting Akumatizied.

Optigami

  • Just the look on Cat Noir's face when he realizes he just missed the Akuma fight, especially made worse when he finds out that Rena Rouge and Carapace were both present.
  • Alya is seriously broken by the reveal that not only did she fail to notice Nino was a Sentimonster, but she almost handed victory to Shadow Moth by choosing to take Nino's Miraculous along despite not being told to. She practically collapses on the spot.

Sentibubbler

  • The stresses of being the Guardian and the choices she has to make still weigh heavily upon Marinette so much so that she has nightmares about Shadow Moth.
    • Cat Blanc showing up in her nightmare is both this and Nightmare Fuel. It's very clear that the events of the Bad Future she went to are still affecting her greatly. When Cat Blanc approaches her, talking sweetly to her the whole time, poor Marinette can only whimper in terror at the sight of her beloved partner corrupted into darkness.
  • Cat Noir breaking a chimney out of frustration that he is repeatedly getting sidelined in favour of Rena Rouge.

Hack-San

  • Cat Noir goes through the wringer yet again, with him believing that either someone has stolen the Miraculous of Ladybug, it's a villain in the style of Ladybug, or it's another Sentimonster. You can feel the anger and rage in his voice when he speaks to Scarabella.
  • His chat with Ladybug at the end of the episode is not filled with anger or even frustration, but rather dejection and inevitability. The only saving grace is that despite his belief that should Ladybug leave he will no longer see her again, she confirms that she will never abandon him.

Rocketear

  • Nino's heartbroken expression when he thinks Alya has fallen for Cat Noir.
  • Nino telling Adrien that Cat Noir is "annoying", unaware that Adrien is Cat Noir. He also says that Ladybug will never love Cat Noir because of this.
  • Adrien's expression when Nino starts spilling the beans. He learns in quick succession that: Nino is irritated by Cat Noir, that Alya is Rena Rouge and Nino is Carapace, that the two of them know each other's identities and that Ladybug was the one who who revealed their secret, and that despite all that, they're still working alongside each other. Later, he can only dejectedly mumble to Plagg that the rule of secrecy apparently applies only to him and Ladybug.

Wishmaker

  • When Adrien is trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life, Plagg suggests that he and Adrien can continue being a team with Ladybug. Adrien quietly replies that pretty soon Ladybug won't be needing Cat Noir since she's been handing Miraculouses to so many others lately.
    • What's worse is that Adrien isn't angry at the prospect of Ladybug no longer needing him, he's just resigned to it.
  • We found now why Alec is being a No Sympathy TV host: back when he was young, he used to have a large afro, but was bullied for it. As a result, he shaved his head and became the person that mocked people's dreams to inflict his own pain on others.
  • While others have their own childhood dreams, Adrien can't remember his own. Because of it, he can't concentrate in battle and falls for Wishmaker's trap, and after he got hit, he remembers what he wanted: he wants to be what his parents want him to be, which makes it even sadder.
    • It gets worse. The image that crops up is Adrien in a cradle, looked over by Emilee and Gabriel, the latter having brown hair. He has basically had one goal growing up - be what his parents want him to be and do what they want him to do. The poor boy has had no independence whatsoever and has no ambitions for his future.
  • Luka discovers Ladybug and Cat Noir's identities through use of Second Chances. While it means he understands why Marinette lies to him and their friends, it also means he has almost zero chance of the two getting together again because her soulmate is also her superhero partner.

    Specials 

"A Special Christmas"

  • The teaser trailer alone already is depressing. In summary, Adrien is so distraught over the fact this will be his first Christmas without his mother, he turns into Cat Noir and runs away from home.
  • The song A Cat In The Night. In here, Adrien (as Cat Noir) sings his pain due to his mother's disappearance and the Parental Neglect from his father during the holidays. In fact, he's distraught enough to try to destroy the Christmas tree in front of the city hall with his Cataclysm, but the memories of his mother manage to snap him back to his senses at the last moment, and instead, he destroys an advertisement of his own face. However, this is immediately followed by Brand New Day, a sad reprise of the upbeat precedent song where he sings about how he regrets his anger-driven decision, and wants to go back home. Watching Cat Noir singing these two songs then falling to his knees before turning back to Adrien can really bring the urge to giving him a warm hug.
    • After detransforming, Adrien realizes that his actions really tired out Plagg, leaving him hungry and barely conscious in the snow. Thankfully, Adrien had the good idea to put him in the Christmas hat Marinette offered to him before searching for cheese.
  • In the next scene, Gabriel decides to visit Adrien, only to find that he's gone and the only clue is an open window, prompting him to drop his stoic demeanor and panic over his son's disappearance. Keith Silverstein's delivery made Gabriel sound genuinely terrified as he screamed Adrien's name.

    Gabriel:*realizes that Adrien is gone* Adrien?! ADRIEN!!*Nathalie and the bodyguard come in* Go and find Adrien immediately! IMMEDIATELY!

  • The circumstances of the Villain of the Week's akumatization. After the local Santa has returned Adrien back home, Ladybug assumes that Santa is an akumatised villain and he was the cause of Adrien's disappearance. Adrien tries to tell her that she's got the wrong idea (and he obviously hasn't been brainwashed by the "villain") but Ladybug ignores him and knocks Santa off his sleigh. Eventually, Santa is understandably pissed at Ladybug for assuming he was a supervillain, so Hawk Moth gave him a chance to become the supervillain she assumed him to be.
  • Surprisingly enough, seeing Gabriel silently gazing at the portrait of his wife alone in the room can be this. Even not knowing the context behind it and despite the heavy implications he could be Hawk Moth, it's still quite clear he's not taking Mrs. Agreste's disappearance any better than Adrien is.

"World: Shanghai - The Legend of Lady Dragon"

  • Fei's backstory. A baby without a family, she was adopted by Wu until he was later killed, orphaning her once again. Now she just wants revenge on his killers and has become a thief, betraying all the values she believed in. She loathes herself for what she has become.
  • Marinette only now learning her mother's birth name, which she changed when she moved to France. People with foreign names such as immigrants sometimes change their names to make it easier to pronounce and to avoid being made fun of for having so-called weird names, changing their identities to fit in a new place away from home.
    • And along with that, Marinette doesn't know a lot about her Chinese ancestry, implying Sabine didn't raise her in it.

"World: New York &#; United HeroeZ"

  • It may be her own fault but Lila is the only student of her class who misses the trip to New York.
  • When the class learns that Miss Mendeliev will be chaperoning the field trip instead of Miss Bustier, Kim loudly complains that Miss Mendeliev never lets them do anything fun and that the trip will be a huge drag. Miss Mendeliev pops her head into the room just as he says this, then quickly leaves with a dejected look on her face.
  • Chloé is clearly still upset by the the events of "Miracle Queen", so much so, that she initally refuses to go on the trip to New York with her class (likely because she's not going to stay in New York permenantly). When she is forced to go anyways due to her parents already giving her permission without telling her and her failing to change their minds, she spends nearly the entire stay in New York sulking and hiding in her room and/or refusing to have any fun.
  • Cat Noir accidentally uses Cataclysm on Uncanny Valley and kills her. While the Lucky Charm can fix her, he is still devastated by what he has done and even temporarily gives up his Miraculous so he can't harm his loved ones. This devastates Marinette in turn, as she feels like she can't be Ladybug without him at his sides.
    • Seeing Majestia crying at Uncanny Valley is heartbreaking, especially since both of them have mother and daughter bonds instead of the hero and her sidekick.
  • Liiri seems to be very close to the last wearer of the Eagle Miraculous, Gilbert. When (s)he comes out of the Miraculous, (s)he has no idea that centuries have passed and Gilbert is long dead. Even worse, his/her new Master is Gabriel Agreste who clearly has evil intentions. The little Kwami is terrified.
  • Gabriel forces Adrien to leave New York and Marinette fails to convince him to stay. When she finally tries to stop him and confess , it is already too late. Now she's lost both Cat Noir and Adrien.

    Webisodes 

  • In "Adrien's Double Life", we find out that Adrien's mother disappeared from a passing remark. He may not have elaborated much on it, but the absence may have affected him more than he's admitting, judging from how he acts sometimes when alone with Plagg.
    • On a related note, Adrien in the same sentence comments how Gabriel hasn't been the same since his mother vanished and that's why he tries to be there for him. At the time of writing, the full meaning of what Adrien is saying is unknown. But the implication of the comment is enough to hint the relationship between Adrien and Gabriel in present day may not have always been the case in the past.

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Western Animation / Miraculous Ladybug

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Mais ouiTranslation Why yes, they're just two typical Parisian teenagers!

"In the daytime, I'm Marinette,
Just a normal girl with a normal life.
But there's something about me that no one knows yet,
'Cause I have a secret"

Marinette Dupain-Cheng, in the show's Opening Narration

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Miraculous or Miraculous Ladybug for short) is a 3D-animated Magical Girl / Superhero joint effort by France's Zagtoon and Method Animation Studios with Toei Animation of Japan and SAMG Animation of South Korea. It premiered in France and Belgium in October , and in EBS in Korea on September 1,

The story is about Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a junior high school girl living in Paris. Using a pair of earrings and the magic of her Fairy Companion Tikki, she has the power to become the superheroine Ladybug. Joining in her adventures is a black-clothed Cat Boy named Cat Noir, whose secret identity happens to be Adrien Agreste, Marinette's crush. Like Ladybug, he gains his power from his companion Plagg. Neither are aware of each other's identity, and thus proves to be a challenge for them. Ladybug and Cat Noir are pursued by the villainous Hawk Moth, who seeks to gather the Miraculouses for his own sinister purposes. To this end, he corrupts the ordinary citizens of Paris with his akuma, turning them into supervillains to do his bidding.

The animated series has gained attention for its well-animated fight scenes, comedic characters, and frenetic action that's a good deal more physical than many Magical Girl shows. It has a whopping budget of US$ million.note This is an average of $, per episode, which is four to five times the budget of an average anime episode and times the budget of an average Western Animation episode.

Check out Zagtoon's page for the show here.

Check out the original 2D three-and-a-half minute trailer here.

In the United States, the series first premiered on Nickelodeon on December 6, , followed by reruns on KidsClick starting July 3rd, , and new episodes are now seen on Netflix beginning with the second season in In the United Kingdom and Latin America, the series premiered on Disney Channel; the UK premiere was on January 30 and the LA premiere was in May,

The second season debuted October 26th in France on TFOU, and debuted on March 30, for Netflix in U.S. Shortly after KidsClick shut down, Disney decided to pick up the rights to the show in the US, and the first season premiered on Disney Channel on April 8,

There are two series of webisodes. One is titled Miraculous Secrets, and the other, animated in 2D, is Tales from Paris. They are available on the official YouTube channel or (for those who know French) on TF1's website.

Other media includes:

  • Miraculous (): A Comic Book series.
  • Miraculous: Throwdown! (): The Collectible Card Game published by Action Lab.
  • Miraculous: Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir (): A Comic Book series.
  • Miraculous Ladybug & Cat Noir (April 25, ): A runner-style action mobile game with links with episodes requiring the main characters to travel around Paris.
  • Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Season Two (): A Comic Book series.
  • Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (): A manga adaptation serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Sh&#;nen Sirius magazine.
  • Ladybug & Cat Noir Awakening (): An animated musical film retelling the events of the show.
  • Another untitled movie (TBA)
  • An upcoming animated spinoff series set to be announced in late

Reader, here is the Miraculous of the Troper, which grants the power of lampshade hanging. You will use it only for the greater good. Once the job is done, you will return the Miraculous to us. Can we trust you?


No more potholing for you, little All-Blue Entry. Time to de-tropilize!
Gotcha! Bye-bye, little entry.
Pound it!

Alternative Title(s):Miraculous Tales Of Ladybug And Cat Noir

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Nightmare Fuel / Miraculous Ladybug

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"Marineeeette! The prettiest and smartest one of all is Chloééééé!"

Miraculous Ladybug may be one of the last western cartoons you should be scared by, but make no mistake, it is not completely removed from any horror whatsoever, as it's fully committed to descending into nightmare-inducing depths that not even Code Lyoko would be allowed to go. And considering that one of its production companies is known for taking anime to frightening new heights, it's a miracle that this show somehow got to air on TV.

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    General 

  • You can always count on any villain to be quite scary. Sometimes their powers are downright apocalyptic, or leave people in conditions that are as good as dead (such as being erased from history in "Timebreaker", or transformed into something inanimate, or any form of brainwashing that totally overwrites your personality). These effects are cast as easily as gesturing in the general direction of the target; none of the usual windup/delay/drawbacks that keep a lid on the enemy's most dangerous powers. No akuma effect seems fixable by anything anyone tries, or wear off with time or even the release of the akuma victim - under normal circumstances, everything a villain has ever done to a victim is % permanent, even if they are de-akumatized by Hawk Moth himself. Even the more comedic villain effects don't seem as much of a laughing matter when you consider there's no expiration date, Curse Escape Clause, etc. Without Ladybug's World-Healing Wave, this would be a much darker show.
    • For even more Fridge Horror, remember that said wave is caused by Ladybug returning the item created by her Lucky Charm - which is an ability she can't lead with because it's very energy-consuming. Now imagine an akumatized object being broken during the course of a battle before she feels the need to use Lucky Charm. That's all it'd take for there to be nothing to be done about any number of innocent Parisians being erased from reality, dancing until they die of exhaustion, or crumbling into piles of glitter.
      • This is somewhat negated in season 3 where it's revealed that she can still summon a Lucky Charm that repairs the damage done even if the akuma was already released and purified, but until then, it was unclear if that would work or not. And what if villain had left her unable to use the power, meaning she had no way to get it back? Sandboy, Silencer, and Miraculer did this to her, and each time she found a way around it, but what if it hadn't worked?
  • Since Hawk Moth attacks anyone who experiences a negative emotion, really anyone could be transformed at any time anywhere in Paris. Parisians have to walk around with the fear that anyone could be transformed and wreak havoc at literally anytime.
    • Season 2 has confirmed that Hawk Moth specifically targets Marinette's class because he can count on Chloé to cause negative emotions. Imagine parents waving off their children as they go to school having to worry if today is the day a madman with superpowers targets their children.
      • Even worse, "Zombizou" shows that while negative emotions are easier for him to use, even positive emotions can be used to tempt and akumatize others.
  • Hawk Moth can corrupt anyone, including non-native French speakers like Master Cheng.
    • To add to that, there's something very eerie about him using high school kids as his main pawns. What's scarier is that the majority of his villains are kids, even Manon, a girl not from the school.
  • The way the police turn on Ladybug and Cat Noir in "Copycat" and "Rogercop". It's as if they're the Clone Troopers who act only upon a single command from whoever is in control of them. It doesn't get any better when the scene transitions to night, where it looks like a manhunt for them has been put into effect.
  • A relatively recent video (a fake season 2 promo) featured an Akuma going after Marinette. While it is not canon, it does raise a disturbing line of thought. If we assume that having a Miraculous doesn't make one immune to Hawk Moth's Akumatizing abilities, then Marinette is literally the worst possible person who could be Akumatized. She would immediately hand over her Miraculous, and even if Cat Noir managed to reclaim it, Hawk Moth would know exactly who Ladybug was, and that's the best-case scenario. Worse, Ladybug/Marinette knows exactly how Cat Noir fights, and could likely capture him where the other villains failed, provided she doesn't end up with a garbage power to replace her Miraculous. Even if she fails there, Hawk Moth would have his hands on the only known Miraculous that can purify Akumas and reverse the damage the villains do. Cat Noir would be stuck fighting a losing battle, even if he managed to free Marinette from the Akuma's control. Not to mention we'd likely see a semi-repeat of what happened with Stoneheart. The Akuma that had turned Marinette into a villain multiplying and her guilt over allowing herself to be corrupted ironically allowing Hawk Moth to corrupt her again. Marinette's villainous alter ego would only need to win once. Besides which, we have no idea what happens to a Kwami if the person who holds their Miraculous is Akumatized.
    • Though, he may not find out, if he akumatizes Marinette but she doesn't become anything like Ladybug after. Cat Noir could defeat her without Ladybug around and free the Akuma, and as long as she keeps her emotions under control, Ladybug takes out the Akuma without Adrien or Hawk Moth learning who she is. We see that you don't need to de-evilise the Akuma to bring the Akumatised person back, after all.
    • She still has to de-evilise the Akuma to detransform those who become clones of her akumatized form. Hawk Moth can just keep it hidden somewhere and those people will be statues forever or until she's Akumatized again.
      • As of "Zombizou", non-canon can no longer be said, as Hawk Moth has tried, and luckily failed to akumatize her.
      • And as of "Ladybug", he hasn't just tried. He succeeded. Marinette was briefly akumatized, and was ready to give up her Miraculous before her transformation could even start. If it weren't for Nathalie's health, he would have won before the battle even started.
      • In "Cat Blanc", while his new attempt at akumatizing her is set up in an alternate future, Hawk Moth stated that Marinette will be his masterpiece if he succeeds, a similar word when he refers to Style Queen. Which means that if she gets akumatized, Marinette could potentially become one of his most powerful and dangerous akumatized villains, more powerful than any other.
  • According to a tweetThomas Astruc, The Pied Piper of Hamelin was a past holder of the Fox Miraculous. Now, the question is: why and how did he take children from Hamelin? Do the illusions from the Fox Miraculous allow for hypnosis, too? If it were possible to, say, create a massive Hypno Pendulum, then the Fox Miraculous could well be far more dangerous than initially thought
  • There seems no limit to the range or level of the powers the Butterfly can grant, up to and including power enough to shift the orbit of the planet or destroy the entire universe!
  • The Cat Miraculous bestows the wielder the power of destruction. When some fans asked Thomas Astruc on Twitter about what would happen if someone evil becomes the wielder of Cat Miraculous, it would be even more than extremely dangerous. Not to mention, Plagg is shown to be more powerful and dangerous when he is without his owner, as he's responsible for sinking the Atlantis and the extinction of dinosaurs.
    • Cat Blanc goes Up to Eleven by showing how dangerous and nightmarish the power of the Cat Miraculous can become if the owner gets akumatized by removing any limitation, and Driven to Madness to the point that his power can potentially trigger the end of the entire universe.

    Season 1 

Stormy Weather
  • The way Aurore gets Akumatized. She gets stuck in an elevator, which malfunctions, and creeping through the door is the Akuma. Before getting corrupted, you can see she was actually scared of the thing.
    • It's especially unnerving if we assume that she had some idea of what it was going to do to her and was trying to fight it off to avoid becoming a monster. It means that that bit of reluctance became completely irrelevant once the butterfly touched her parasol and Hawk Moth got into her head.
  • The first thing Stormy Weather does after her transformation? Trapping Mireille inside an elevator with an ice wall, and leaving while she's begging for help.
  • There was also the dangerous icicles nearly sinking in on Alya and Manon while they were trapped inside of ice, all with Alya trying to keep Manon under control.

The Bubbler

The Pharaoh

  • Pharaoh gains the powers of the Egyptian Gods. He uses these powers to knock Ladybug and Cat Noir around, tossing Cat Noir into a coffin and planning to leave him there, turns people into mummies, and plans to send Alya, a girl younger than him, towards the Sun as part of an ancient sacrifice.

Lady WiFi

  • Alya as Lady WiFi. You see her as a friendly person on the surface, but as Lady WiFi, she can be anywhere you can be. Given the fact that she travels through Cyberspace, she could come out of nowhere and take you down without a struggle.
    • When it looks like Ladybug and Cat Noir are running away from Lady WiFi, she attacks them from above and everything echoes, from her laughs to yelling "I've got you now, Ladybug!" If she had more signal to attack the two while they were trapped down below, she would have been able to kill them so easily.
  • Also, she traps Cat Noir inside of a freezer, unknowingly causing him to revert back to Adrien. She, with Hawk Moth's help, plan to leave him there to freeze. Instead of just going in there and taking away the Miraculous, it can be assumed that Lady WiFi would have originally meant to leave Ladybug trapped, take her Miraculous and mask first, and then take it from Cat Noir after he's frozen to death.

Timebreaker

  • Clearly most of the episode. A Brainwashed and Crazy Alix continuously freezes people in time, first off with Kim, tricking and mocking Rose for help, Mylène and Alya, the second running right after being caught, and, making her the most dangerous, killing Cat Noir! Luckily, Ladybug goes back in time to make sure this never happens.
  • The disturbing grins Timebreaker makes during the episode (like in her profile picture).
    • Timebreaker's French voice is also very unnerving, as she sounds deeper and constantly snarls, making her sound like a feral animal and more Ax-Crazy in this version. However, special mention to this psychotic Evil Laugh she makes after spotting Alya in the English dub.
  • There's also something chilling about the way things go From Bad to Worse when Ladybug and Timebreaker head into the past. Partially being responsible for the second time Alix's watch is destroyed, with her calling out to Chloé to put it down, everyone stops to hear Alix say something that made the past Marinette scared.

    Past Alix: Ladybug It's all Ladybug's fault!

Mr. Pigeon

  • Mr. Pigeon showing his wrath by kidnapping all of the park keepers. Judging from the way he almost had Ladybug and Cat Noir in a cage earlier on, although with bird poop, he could have something more deadlier planned for the ones who did him wrong.

The Evillustrator

  • The Teaser at the beginning. When you see Stormy Weather walking after Marinette, it looks like she remembered who she originally was and went after Marinette after finding out who she was too. Then Lady WiFi appears, and the two incapacitate her without a cinch. Had it not been for Nathaniel's Big Damn Heroes Moment, she would have faced a much worse fate had it not been All Just a Dream.
  • In the same episode, the Evillustrator refuses to take the Miraculouses and instead prepares for his date with Marinette. Hawk Moth, being a villain who never wants his pawns to disobey him, uses his Villain Override Abilities to force him to do what he says. Even though he is never seen outside of his lair (or so we think), he can be pretty threatening if he could take control of any villain.
  • There's also the Evillustrator's way of causing terror: he can erase any kind of entrance blocking him, find anyone easily, and if he could, erase anyone out of existence. That's the kind of thing that makes him a Reality Warper. Fortunately for most of the episode he's in Poke the Poodle mode, but by the end he's a Not-So-Harmless Villain and tries to kill Chloé.

Dark Cupid

  • Cat Noir when Dark Cupid turns him evil. While telling Ladybug he loathes her, he tries to crush her like a grape. When as a villain, he becomes more monstrous, as seen when he wanted to use his Cataclysm against her!

    Evil Cat Noir: I've always wondered what would happen if I used my Cataclysm on someone.

  • Dark Cupid encounters Marinette and Alya, two girls he's acquainted with in his class. He shoots an arrow at Alya, the latter despising Marinette and almost cutting a picture of them together if it wasn't for the World-Healing Wave. Imagine if Marinette was struck by the arrow. Like how Cat Noir teams up with Dark Cupid in the episode, Marinette could've gave him her Miraculous and helped him defeat Cat Noir. What's even worse is that she knows Cat Noir only too well.

The Horrificator

  • The Jump Scare attacks used in "The Horrificator". Quite shocking when you think about it, especially the screams that follow afterwards.
  • Keep in mind that the Horrificator is the kind of villain who wants to kill others through means of suffocation.
  • While Horrificator stands out as being relatively inhuman compared to most of the villains, the situation is often more scary the the monster. The Dwindling Party in the beginning and the moment Nathaniel gets sucked behind the desk (complete with some awful sucking and thumping sounds) in particular.

The Puppeteer

  • The Puppeteer herself. She can make anyone Brainwashed and Crazy if she happens to hold their plushies and demand they come to life. Bonus points for having the voice of Nui Harime in the English and French versions.
  • Hawk Moth corrupted a child, none other than Marinette's charge little Manon. A child that was having a disagreement with her mother over if she could have a certain doll. When Manon's mother realizes what happened to her daughter, the Adult Fear on her face is palpable.
    • Before she accepts Hawk Moth's mission, Manon talks with him and manages to anticipate his sayings thanks to her own desire to defeat Ladybug and Cat Noir, all while keeping a creepy tone and sporting an evil smile on her face all along.
  • Marinette and Alya's faces when Alya turns back into Lady WiFi. For Alya, she has a split second to realize what's happening, and for Marinette it's an Oh, Crap! moment after lightheartedly stalking Adrien on the train on Alya's advice.
  • The return of RogerCop and Evillustrator. Two former akuma victims who have put the trauma behind them suddenly revert to their demonic selves, and have no control.
  • Cat Noir is more terrified in this episode than in other ones, when Ladybug deduces that the Puppeteer can control heroes and villains through the plushies that Marinette made, including one of him. The poor guy appears to flashback to when he nearly killed Ladybug after Dark Cupid made him Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Honestly, hearing Carrie Keranen and Bryce Papenbrook talk in a child-like manner while controlled is quite unnerving.

    Lady WiFi (Puppeteer): I want Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses, to win! Forever and EVER!

    Cat Noir (Puppeteer): I'm gonna get you Ladybug! You'll be super duper sorry!

  • Word of God says that if the Puppeteer has a doll of someone across the other side of the world, she can still control them. Nothing Is Scarier than that.

Reflekta

  • There's something scary about how Reflekta, with no hesitation, decides to shoot her friend Rose instead of sparing her. Unlike the Evillustrator with Marinette or the Horrificator with Ivan, Juleka really meant it when she told Rose to forget about her, and in the process of becoming a villain, she forgets all sympathy for her too.
  • Speaking of which, when Juleka gets akumatized, she goes from shock and awe to one creepy goth.
  • In the English Dub of said episode, Reflekta gets a really crazed and insane Evil Laugh that, while sounding better than the original dub, shows how Erin Fitzgeraldcan truly pull off an evil performance.
  • Reflekta's initial attack plays unsettlingly like a school shooting, with her leaping into a crowded room before blasting away at everyone in sight, lots of shots of terrified students hiding as she paces the hallways looking for more targets, and Ladybug and Cat Noir walking in on scenes of people comforting their panicking and traumatized classmates. It's eased by the fact that Reflekta's powers are the least life threatening of any akumatized victim we've seen, but there is still lots of tension there.

Pixelator

  • Vincent Asa stands out as one of the creepier akuma victims even before he gets the power to send people into another dimension - a Loony Fan photographer who doesn't care about Jagged Stone's privacy or that of his family, nor does he seem to care about the potential consequences to himself for invading it. One gets the feeling he could have become dangerous without Hawk Moth's help after what happened at the hotel.

Simon Says

  • "Simon Says" has so much of this for Adrien that as Cat Noir he's in Let's Get Dangerous! mode for most of it.
    • The amount of Adult Fear that Adrien suffers when he hears that the titular akuma wants his father's head on a platter for sabotaging his attempt at winning a competition.
  • Adrien's brainwashed bodyguard nearly squeezes Cat Noir to death when the latter is wrestling the former. Cat has to use his Catacylsm to shove his bodyguard down an elevator shaft, which is Nightmare Fuel in itself.
  • The many hints that Gabriel is Hawk Moth and deliberately endangered himself so as to get the Miraculous. From commenting on how Simon targeting Gabriel is a risk that Hawk Moth is willing to take, not having a We Will Meet Again rant at the end, and Gabriel noticing Adrien wearing a ring after hugging him. If this theory turns out true, Fridge Horror ensues as a Rewatch Bonus.
  • Gabriel's stubbornness about not evacuating or taking safety precautions. He tells Adrien Go to Your Room! when the latter begs him to take care of his safety, reassures Ladybug that he's depending on her to protect him, and tells Cat Noir You Remind Me of X when the latter calls him out for thinking he's invincible. This ends up biting Gabriel in the butt when Simon's brainwashed army crashes the gates and doors, taking him hostage. He was only lucky that Adrien was not taken as well for revenge.
  • A brainwashed Gabriel nearly jumping off the TV studio roof; small wonder that Cat Noir chases after him in a panic. Ladybug then forces Cat to stop and help her defeat Simon Says, and Cat has to make that Sadistic Choice and hope that Ladybug's World-Healing Wave will save his father.

Volpina

  • Marinette abuses her powers as Ladybug to mercilessly humiliate Lila for telling one Celebrity Lie after another to impress Adrien. Beware the Nice Ones doesn't even begin to cover it, and it shows just how scary Marinette can be when her Green-Eyed Monster comes into effect.
  • When Lila becomes Volpina thanks to Ladybug, her illusions can be quite scary when you put them in contrast. She could have destroyed Paris with a meteor, have Hawk Moth out in the open with no limitations to his powers, use an array of weapons at her disposal, destroyed a building and killed several civilians, make clones of herself, and if her illusion of Adrien was real, she could have dropped him and killed him at the same time. Even when she's back to herself, she refuses to forgive her, and the worst part? Hawk Moth implies that she will be back for more.
    • Also, remember that evil grin every one of Hawk Moth's victims makes before transforming into a villain? Here's one for Lila, a Slasher Smilein all its glory.
  • Cat Noir had to Shoot the Hostage to prove that illusion Adrien was a fake so that Ladybug wouldn't sacrifice her Miraculous. In other words, he had to destroy himself, and he nearly saw his terrified civilian self fall hundreds of feet to a grisly death. Heh heh, good luck sleeping tonight, Adrien!

Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins &#; Part 1)

  • In this episode we find out that the kwami are meant to be used for good and that Hawk Moth gets his powers by enslaving the moth kwami Nooroo, despite Nooroo's warnings that if he does, something terrible will happen.
  • We also learn that, should Ladybug fail to purify an akuma, said akuma will multiply and possess people at random. When exactly this happens, Marinette is so distressed that she removes her earrings, despite Tikki's protests.

Stoneheart (Origins &#; Part 2)

  • Stoneheart throwing Chloé from the Eiffel Tower at such a great speed that if it were real life, then being caught by Ladybug wouldn't have helped.
  • The way Hawk Moth communicates with the heroes: by getting Stoneheart to cough up loads of akumas that form the shape of his head to talk to them. While it's unknown if he could do with this anyone he akumatizes or if it only applied to akumas that hadn't previously been purified, it's still very unsettling to see lots of insects coming out of someone's body.
  • Ivan and Myléne almost falling to their deaths, especially in Ivan's case where it happens because he transformed back while hanging from the Eiffel Tower but was unlucky enough for the de-akumatization to cause him to no longer hold on, and because he didn't remmber how he got there. Ladybug and Cat Noir have to think fast to save them both and purify the akuma.

    Season 2 

The Collector
  • The fandom's fears are confirmed. Gabriel Agreste is Hawk Moth, and it's implied that he suspects Adrien is Cat Noir.
  • Gabriel is normally a Knight Templar Parent who genuinely loves Adrien, despite his obsessive micromanaging of his life. Gabriel as the Collector, on the other hand, shows no qualms about possibly trapping Adrien in his book. And on top of that, as Hawk Moth, Gabriel attempts to kill Cat (who he might suspect is Adrien) on a regular basis.
    • The Collector actually heads for Adrien's bedroom to trap him after taking out Nathalie and the Gorilla.

      The Collector: Adrien? I have a great collection I want to show you

Despair Bear

  • Cat, while possessed by the titular akuma, comes within an inch of using Cataclysm on Ladybug. If not for Chloé's intervention, she wouldn't have survived.
    • Arguably, it's even worse than previous occasions when Cat was Brainwashed and Crazy. When he got affected by Dark Cupid and Princess Fragrance's powers, Cat still went through the usual Stock Footage and song to activate the Cataclysm, so Ladybug saw it coming and had the chance to avoid it; in fact, on both occasions, she actually used the Cataclysm to her advantage to defeat the episode's villain. And, when he got controlled by The Puppeteer, she only wanted to defeat and capture Ladybug, not to kill her, so he didn't use the Cataclysm that time. Despair Bear, however, is a No-Nonsense Nemesis who uses Combat Pragmatism, skipping the whole activation sequence and trying to use the One-Hit Kill right when Ladybug was holding Cat, so she has no chance to avoid the attack by her own.

Prime Queen

  • Prime Queen is willing totrap Chloé on a speeding train just to get Ladybug and Cat Noir to confess their feelings for each other. A few minutes later, she locks Alya in a sarcophagus and threatens to drop her into the Seine to get the Miraculouses. Keep in mind that she's not even aware of their importance to Marinette and Adrien - as far as she knows, they're random people who called into her show.
    • Of course, Nadja would recognize Chloé as the Mayor's daughter, and Alya is identified as the Ladyblog's creator, so Nadja isn't using random people as hostages but the closest relative of an important political figure, and someone who Ladybug and Cat would be, at the very least, fond of. Still doesn't make it any better for the victims or the heroes.

La Befana

  • Befana turning people into coal, including her own son. Even moreso when you see the non-people objects turned to coal break easily.
  • If not to coal, she turns people into fairies who mindlessly obey her and have white, expressionless masks with blank eyes.

Riposte

  • How close Riposte comes to killing Adrien in their initial confrontation.
  • Riposte would have slayed Ladybug if Adrien hadn't safed her at the very last moment.
  • Hawk Moth turned someone with a grudge against Adrien into an akuma with an Absurdly Sharp Blade. Given Riposte's actions, it indicates that Gabriel values the Miraculouses over his own son.
    • Except that he did stop her from slashing Adrien in half, and ordered her to get Ladybug's Miraculous for him first. It's quite possible that he would deprive her of her powers once she did that.

Robostus

  • Almost a parallel to The Puppeteer, Markov is a genuinely sweet little robot who has limited experience with the world, and has never even been separated from his creator before. He becomes Robostus, the akuma closest to taking the Miraculouses from our heroes, and has so far been the only akuma to turn on Hawk Moth and come close to murdering him.Used to Be a Sweet Kid, indeed.
  • Robostus' powers were reminiscent to many of the nightmare fuel inducing Skynet. Ladybug and Cat Noir were lucky all Robostus wanted was to become a real boy
    • Even worse! As soon as Max tells Robostus he will not be friends with a supervillain, Robostus angrily declares that's he's done with humans. Remember this robot already accessed one missile system in the city. That robot apocalypse may have been closer than they thought
  • Max's place as Robostus' hostage is a frightening enough situation on its own, seeing the friend you created bring the city of Paris to chaos and defeat the city's protectors. Then we learn from Master Fu that Robostus would have required a sacrifice to receive the humanity he wanted so much. Max's presence in the firefight suddenly makes even more sense, and becomes even scarier a situation.
  • Within seconds of gaining power, Robostus turns every car against its owners and sets to work making his own Devastator.

Gigantitan

  • Even though it's Played for Laughs and he was intending to target The Gorilla (itself a case of this as Gabriel was planning to akumatize the man who's responsible for protecting his son), the fact remains that Hawk Moth was willing to use a baby as his newest pawn.
  • The giant akumatized baby in general. A Godzilla-sized villain with all the strength that implies combined with all the moral restraint and understanding of consequences of a toddler. To drive the point home, one of the first things the akumatized baby does is almost step on his mother.

Dark Owl

  • Dark Owl's Near-Villain Victory is pretty chilling, getting ahold of Ladybug's earring long enough for her to start changing back.
  • Dark Owl is also one of the only villains to outright try and kill Ladybug and Cat Noir.
  • After being tricked, Hawk Moth orders Dark Owl to "destroy [Ladybug and Cat Noir]!" Again, it's implied that Gabriel knows that Cat Noir is his son.

Sapotis

  • The reveal that Hawk Moth can akumatize multiple people with one akuma.
  • Once more Hawk Moth is akumatizing children.

Gorizilla

  • With Gabriel beginning to suspect that Adrien and Cat Noir are one and the same, Hawk Moth's Adult Fear when, as part of her plan, Ladybug has Adrien jump from a building. Intending to catch him, Ladybug is caught by Gorizilla. With Adrien unable to transform in the open and Ladybug caught, Hawk Moth desperately cries for Gorizilla to let her go so she may save him.

    Hawk Moth: If indeed you are Cat Noir, then transform, son! Please come on, son! DROP LADYBUG!

  • Bear in mind, despite his obvious fear in the above scene, Gabriel / Hawk Moth *still* waited until the last possible second to release Ladybug. Even while watching Adrien fall to his death, he wanted to be sure Adrien either wasn't Cat Noir or really wasn't going to transform.
  • The strange room beneath the Agreste mansion. Hoo boy, where to begin?
    • It looks like a mausoleum, but its exact purpose is left vague.
    • The reveal of the room follows a shot of Emilie, making it just about impossible not to connect the two.
    • At the far end of the room, there is something that looks like a casket.
    • The ending music in the final shot is joined by ominous drumbeats that sound eerily like banging, giving the implication that someone or something is inside the casket, and that someone or something is trying to escape!.
    • In "Style Queen" we learn that the room really IS a mausoleum, and Gabriel is seen placing flowers on his wife's casket (with her body inside) to boot!

Captain Hardrock

  • When Ladybug and Cat Noir are forced to beach Hardrock's ship so they can free the prisoners safely, the ship comes within inches of hitting some civilians.

Zombizou

  • The fact that this is the first time Hawk Moth actually tried to akumatize Marinette. Just think about what would happen if Miss Bustier didn't protectMarinette.
    • Even if Marinette's Miraculous made her immune to actually getting akumatized, all that means is that Hawk Moth would learn who Ladybug is and start going after Marinette directly.
  • This episode is basically a Zombie Apocalypse episode with all the tropes it entails, including Dwindling Party and its associated tropes. The group started out with all of Marinette's classmates but Sabrina, Mylène, and Ivan. By the time it ends, everyone is gone, including Cat Noir who performed a Heroic Sacrifice.

Syren

  • As of this episode Gabriel is aware that the Miraculous have additional hidden powers and vows to find the only one who knows the recipes to them; Master Fu.
    • If the NY leak about the power-ups is correct then one of the potions grants unlimited access to a Miraculous' superpower; Ladybug may use as many Lucky Charms as she likes and presumably Cat can use as many Cataclysms. If this holds true and Gabriel manages to get a hold of the recipesunlimited akumas
      • Considering that the leaked plot for an upcoming episode apparently involves the re-akumatization of many previous villains

Troublemaker

  • In a far more mundane example than most on this page, Jagged Stone and the cameras barging into Marinette's room and sharing all her private stuff with the world.
  • But in a more troublesome example, Troublemaker managed to take off one of Ladybug's earrings, being the next villain after Dark Owl to nearly see Ladybug's true form. Only this time, Cat Noir was in the room, and Troublemaker was nowhere near defeat.

Sandboy

  • Gabriel appears to have some amount of control over Nooroo. How much? He can command Nooroo to stop speaking, and the poor thing has no choice but to obey.
  • The various nightmares Sandboy creates get outright disturbing.
    • Marinette's first nightmare, in which an Adrien clone invades her home, creepily climbs up into her bed, and declares his unending love for Chloé. Let's just say you'd be forgiven for thinking he was demonically possessed. He's the page image for a reason.
    • When Marinette gets outside, she sees what effect Sandboy has on other peopleincluding civilians getting chased by giant spiders and dinosaurs.
    • Adrien's first nightmare is him getting locked in his room, with no way to get himself out. Considering how much the kid values his freedom&#;
    • While it's mitigated by the fact that it manifests itself as bedsheet ghosts, Master Fu's nightmare is of his greatest failure&#;the downfall of the Order of Guardians and the loss of two Miraculouses&#;coming back to haunt him.
    • Marinette's second nightmare (as Ladybug)? Being powerless. And Sandboy, demonstrating combat pragmatism, hits her just as she's about to use her Lucky Charm.
    • Adrien's second nightmare (as Cat Noir) involves Ladybug not only rejecting his advances, but turning evil to boot.
  • After the kwamis accidentally contact Hawk Moth, he immediately tries to enslave all of them with his will, and considering how they react (clutching their head in pain, and in some cases like Pollen, Barkk and Kaalki, falling to their knees), the process is not pleasant at all.
  • Hawk Moth/Gabriel now has a good idea on where the other Kwamis are thanks to their communication ritual, and he plans to enslave them all.

Style Queen

  • Hawk Moth/Gabriel is horrified to see Adrien being turned into a gold statue by his own akuma. And it gets worse by the fact that Style Queen begins to pull a Darkest Hour by threatening to kill Adrien by making his body slowly crumble into glitter dust.

    Style Queen: " Gabriel Agreste, if you refuse to show your face,your son will soon be nothing but GLITTER IN THE WIND! "

    • A Freeze-Frame Bonus of Style Queen stands up on her forcefield and Ladybug breaks it after it gets cracked by Plagg's Cataclysm, you can see his lower body already reduced into a pile of glitter dust. He fortunately gets better after Ladybug defeats her.
    • While this is not the first time an akumatized villain has the power to turn people into breakable inanimate objects since Befana, it's clearly show that Adrien as a golden statue is not solid, as shown when Style Queen reduces him into glitter dust, sucks him into her staff and then materializes him into a laying position at the Eiffel Tower.
    • While the way Style Queen holds Adrien as her hostage not only gives some Sleeping Beauty vibe, with her announcement that she will make his body completely disappear into glitter dust in the wind to every Parisian, both Ladybug and Chloé notice that his leg started to crumble. This situation is basically equivalent to Dead Guy on Display.
    • Seeing Adrien as a golden statue, laying on a golden coffin protected by a forcefield might remind someone of a tomb shown in a mausoleum.
  • This seems to be the first time we see Gabriel engineer an akuma villain. Without being empowered he ensures Audrey is as furious as possible and seemingly thought around every weakness possible; making Style Queen intangible makes most of Ladybug's attacks futile, teleportation allows her to jump around a battlefield quickly and allowing her to generate force fields means the one actual solid part of her, the rose that holds the akuma, can be safely tucked away almost rendering her without any weaknesses. Almost.
  • It turns out, Plagg can use Cataclysm without Adrien. Except Cat Noir is a vital Power Limiter. The subsequent blast devastated half of Paris, starting with toppling the Eiffel tower, and tearing up absolutely everything in the area, easily surpassing the damage Style Queen herself caused. And it kept on growing. Plagg even seemed scared of it himself, telling Ladybug she had to fix everything quickly. It's implied he held back as much as he possibly could, and in the past, it wiped out the dinosaurs.

Queen Wasp

  • As of this episode, two things have been made clear. 1.) Those who have been akumatized before can be akumatized again, and 2.) Even those wielding the Miraculous can be akumatized.
  • While Chloé was never an ideal candidate to receive a Miraculous it's a good thing she found it. Whilst Chloé's primary motivation is proving herself "exceptional" to her mother, and granted she does cause some significant chaos, imagine what someone with much more insidious intent could do with a Miraculous that grants the power of paralysis

Malediktator

Frozer

  • Just like Syren, Frozer demonstrates the world-altering powers an akuma villain can possess. How long did it take him to render Paris a frozen wasteland? A few minutes? Less?

Catalyst

  • Gabriel and Nathalie have video surveillance on Lila's apartment. It seems that they were spying on a teenage girl for several months.
  • Through the titular akuma, Hawk Moth is able to reakumatize those who were akumatized before. Not only that, but also he and his villains have turned red.
    • Whenever an akuma is spotted before it hits the target, like in Stormy Weather and Zombizou, it always induces an incredible amount of fear. That's with a single regular akuma. Imagine how terrified the Parisians were when an entire swarm of blood red akumas descended upon Paris.
  • Volpina creates an illusion of Cat Noir being destroyed by his own Cataclysm. Fake though it may be, we nevertheless get to see Cat Noir petrify and then crumble into dust.

Mayura

  • Chloé finds out first-hand why you never reveal your identity to anyone. Any battle that she's in from here on out has a chance of getting her parents kidnapped or killed. Also, even if she gives up the Miraculous and a new Queen Bee takes her place, there's a chance they could be targeted.
  • The giant moth creature Nathalie creates with the Peacock Miraculous when Hawk Moth is about to be captured by the heroes. And then there's how creating it makes her so tired that she can barely stand.

    Season 3 

Chameleon
  • Whilst this isn't the first time Lila willingly chooses to be akumatized, it is the first time we see anyone grab an akuma and accept its power. Lila even initiates the conversation between herself and Hawk Moth.
  • As Ladybug and Cat Noir take off, Lila's face falls from smiling to a dark rage. It's incredibly unsettling to see the anger Lila has towards superheroes to the point she'd choose to help a terrorist.
  • The plan to extract the akuma from Lila's earrings run into a pinch when she keeps transforming into people that don't have that jewelry on them. The solution? Trick Lila into transforming into a clam and crack her open, splitting her in half.

Animaestro

  • This villain falls straight to the Uncanny Valley since the characters he transform into are animated in 2D, plus the way that Animaestro looks is pretty disturbing and cringe inducing, it didn't help that Thomas Astruc (The show's director) was the one that got akumatized into this villain.

Backwarder

  • Master Fu and Marianne's flashback at the beginning is rife with subtle Nightmare Fuel. First of all, even though the word is never actually said, the two of them are fleeing France from the Nazis. This is disturbing enough, but then there's also Fu's chilling conclusion that, should any of the Miraculous fall into enemy hands, it could mean the end of the world.

Reflekdoll

  • Duusu's black/red eyes and her sudden mood swings are very unsettling. Nooroo is shocked to see her like that. Something is clearly wrong with that kwami.
    • Although, considering the fact that she's the kwami of Emotion, it's to be expected that she's very emotional.
  • Nathalie's health continues to decline after using her damaged Miraculous again.
  • Hawk Moth calls on Nathalie's self-destructive help without the slightest hesitation, and only shows a trace of concern at the end.

Silencer

  • Luka's Death Glare after being corrupted by the akuma is quite frightening, especially when you know how calm and laid-back he usually is.
  • The way Silencer uses his powers is rather chilling: He puts two fingers to his victims' lips, one to his own, and whispers "Shhhh" It's very soft, almost as if he was trying to calm someone down instead of stealing their voice. In other words, it's scary in the same way that the Soft-Spoken Sadist trope is scary.

Onichan

  • The fact that Hawk Moth sends Onichan after a teenage girl to get rid of her is unsettling.
  • The forehead horn that Onichan curses Lila with that grows with every lie she tells and acts as a honing beacon for the supervillain, combined with Onichan's relentless and vengeful nature, certainly made Lila fear for her life. After all, no matter where Lila goes or how fast she runs Onichan. Will.Find. Her!
  • It's rather disturbing seeing Lila casually manipulate Onichan into killing Ladybug. Her horn didn't grow bigger either so her offer on giving up on Adrien if she got rid of Ladybug was genuine. Even Hawk Moth was impressed. Later, she even fakes an injury to lure Cat away so Ladybug will be alone with Onichan.

Miraculer

  • There are many insidious implications of Chloé's identity being public knowledge but there's something particularly unsettling and creepy about Mayura justwatching Chloé while she's at home.
  • Gabriel and Nathalie smiling as they manipulate Lila into provoking Chloé's akumatisation is terrifying enough, but the idea of an unknown adult pulling up in a car to discreetly talk to a teenage girl through a park gate is especially sinister.
  • Cat Noir is hit by a Cataclysm. It does not kill him but he ends up unable to walk properly, and can barely get his words out afterwards. Since Cataclysm destroys whatever it hits, odds are Adrien's bones got disintegrated!Yikes!

Oblivio

  • Marinette and Adrien wake up without their memories and realize that they are hunted by an unseen yet powerful and dangerous enemy that is always close behind them.
  • Hawk Moth knows that the Montparnasse Tower has been evacuated and that the only ones inside the tower aside from Oblivio are the two heroes. If he remembered to bring his phone with him, he could have learned BOTH of our heroes' identities (since Adrien learns Marinette's identity before he makes the call). Though, with Gabriel being Gabriel, he probably wouldn't have picked up anyway.
  • Oblivio itself is hyper scary once you realize it's just a featureless, intangible sillhouette whose voice is an otherworldy-sounding mix of Alya and Nino's, making it akin to a Creepypasta monster. It's easily the most alien of any of Hawk Moth's akumatized villains.

Desperada

  • Ladybug and her allies were defeated more than 25, times. If it weren't for the Second Chances or if Desperada took out Aspik/Viperion first just once, Hawk Moth would have been victorious and gotten three extremely powerful Miraculouses.

Startrain

  • If Marinette hadn't the Horse Miraculous with her the startrain and its passengers would never found their way back to earth again. They would be lost in space. With no lasting supply of food, water or air their end would have been horrible.
    • Even if they somehow found their way back (Ladybug's world-healing wave took the train back to the tracks after all), Marinette not having the Horse Miraculous would have clued Hawk Moth to the fact Ladybug and Cat Noir were already inside the train.

Kwamibuster

  • Kwamibuster actually manages to capture Tikki and Plagg so that Marinette and Adrien remain powerless. She also comes dangerously close to finding out their secret identities several times, and even if she wouldn't remember them after being de-akumatized, Hawk Moth would.
  • Hawk Moth realizes how many Miraculouses Master Fu is protecting. He plans to get them all so that he can create an army of Mirculous wearing supervillains.
    • If Marinette had failed, he would have no less than 18 Miraculouses and Kwamis under his control while Master Fu and Wayzz would be the only ones left to oppose him.

Feast

  • Feast is an ancient and powerful sentimonster that will not stop until it has devoured every Miraculous that exists and it will do the same with everything and everyone who gets in his way. What is even worse is that Hawk Moth gives it the power to track down the Miraculouses no matter where they are so it was able to find it's way to Master Fu immediately.
    • It would also be able to track down Adrien and Marinette who are sleeping at that time and would be taken by surprise.
  • Adrien's mother used to have the same dizzy spells Nathalie is experiencing. It is not unlikely that she will suffer the same fate.
  • Hawk Moth learns Master Fu's identity and is now more determined to succeed than ever.
  • Now the whole world including Hawk Moth knows that the temple in Tibet has reappeared and that it contains many Miraculouses. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Gamer

  • Ladybug and Cat Noir have to compete in a real-life video game tournament with their former akumatized villains as their fighters in order to free them. Most of those fighters are sympathetic people, many of them are their friends, and some are part of Ladybug's family.

Stormy Weather 2

  • Stormy Weather announces her return by creating a massive volcano in the middle of Paris and then proceeds to use said volcano like a massive booster rocket to knock the planet out of orbit. That's right, one of the earliest villains Ladybug and Cat Noir ever faced had world-ending potential the whole time.

Ikari Gozen

  • Hawk Moth has found out Master Fu&#;s identity so he had to go into hiding.
  • Ikari Gozen swallows her own daughter (twice) and declares that she will never let her out again.

Timetagger

  • Timetagger sends Bunnyx into different time periods; among them the year AD He declares that things are going to heat up and when Bunnyx returns, she is exhausted and surrounded by smoke. It is very likely that she was sent to Pompeii during the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
  • In the future there will be a new Hawk Moth who seems to be even more dangerous than the present one. Gabriel Agreste is deeply concerned about this information.
    • The Butterfly Miraculous is taken from Gabriel Agreste; that means there is another one who knew his secret identity, someone who didn't stay loyal to him to keep that secret like Nathalie. Imagine future Adrien learning that
  • Beyond the new Hawk Moth in the future the Miraculous Team has also made other enemies they've had to deal with including what seems to be a mad scientist, a dark counterpart of superheroine Majestia, and even a hostile alien army. As cool as these exploits are, it looks like the future is gonna be a pretty dangerous place and things will only escalate. According to Bunnyx in the future Ladybug will have to organize and command an entire extended team in order to deal with Paris's many crises.
  • One of the periods Timetagger sends Bunnyx to is the far future in the middle of what he calls the 7th Interplanetary War. Kind of frightening to think that not only will there will space wars in Earth's future, but at least 7 of them.
  • When Timetagger has Bunnyx defeated and at his mercy he threatens to get rid of her by sending her back in time before the Big Bang.
    • Among the enemies Bunnyx listed, there is "Twin Queens of the Inner World". And there is only one set of twin girls in the show so far
  • To top it all off, near the end of the episode, we see that Lila is babysitting both Chris and the twins, and Chris is already completely enamored with her given that Chris becomes Timetagger in the future and the twins are likely candidates to become the "Twin Queens of the Inner World", might it be possible that Lila is the the one manipulating them and akumatizing them in the future?Could she be the one who won'tstay loyal to Gabriel after she finds out his secret?Have we just discovered the identity of the Future Hawk Moth? Imagine Lila Rossi becoming the most dangerousthreat ofthem all in the future

Party Crasher

  • Markov accidentally redirects all of the power in Agreste Mansion to the music system; including the power going to Emilie&#;s life support and the elevator to Hawk Moth's lair. Adrien&#;s mom almost dies and Gabriel is powerless to do something because he is trapped.
  • Party Crasher may look silly but he is able to predict the attacks of his opponents and manages to defeat and capture Ladybug, Viperion, Carapace, Pegasus, and Cat Noir before Monkey King can finally turn the battle. He is one one of the most dangerous villains the heroes has ever faced.
    • He's the only akumatized villain thus far to successfully take out Ladybug and leave Cat Noir without her, instead of the usual reverse. She's been crippled by an akumatized villain before but always managed to use her wits and some help from Cat Noir to turn it around. Not here. She's helpless until Monkey King saves her.
    • Party Crasher's victims are trapped in single mirror panes, unable to move but possibly still conscious, and stuck that way forever unless the mirror is broken.

The Puppeteer 2

  • The wax figures of Musée Grévin (among them many supervillains) come to life and attack everyone.
    • Nino and Alya are surprised and captured by statues of Lady WiFi and the Bubbler.
    • Adrien and Marinette are attacked by a statue of Hawk Moth himself. Adrien fights it, but he doesn't stand a chance and is almost killed.
  • The Puppeteer uses the wax figures of Ladybug and Cat Noir to catch their respective partner off guard by pretending to be the real one.
  • The Puppeteer threatens to dip two hostages in boiling wax.

Cat Blanc

  • As soon as he learns that his son is Cat Noir, Gabriel plans to akumatize him so that he can get his Miraculous. And unlike Nathalie he goes through with his plan without any qualms or regrets. If there were any doubts about Gabriel truly being a bad person, let this moment alone vanquish them all.
  • Hawk Moth manages to akumatize Cat Noir. Cat Blanc's first actions are killing his girlfriend and his own father, destroying a chunk of the moon and flooding all of Paris.
  • In the Bad Future Paris is in ruins and flooded. All the Parisians (including Ladybug and Hawk Moth) have become statues and the only survivor seems to be Cat Blanc.
    • When Cat Blanc sends Ladybug underwater, she witnesses all the Parisians submerged and turned into statues, including herself and Hawk Moth, and as she touches her alternate self's statue, it suddenly decomposes into nothing. Marinette basically saw her own dead body fading away before her eyes.
  • Everything about Cat Blanc is very unsettling:
    • There's the cause of Adrien's akumatization: the anger, grief and confusion of learning Hawk Moth is his father and his mother is still alive but in a coma.
    • Cat Blanc didn&#;t even mean to destroy Paris and kill everyone in it. Unable to aim the Cataclysm at the love of his life or his villainous father, he turned it on himself and essentially tried to commit suicide to avoid harming the people he loved; the backlash of this attempt is what destroyed the city. And imagine how he felt when he came to after trying to sacrifice himself only to see his home destroyed and everyone dead and it was all his fault. No wonder Cat Blanc had gone mad by the time Ladybug arrived.
    • Although Hawk Moth is killed by Cat Blanc, instead of turning back into Cat Noir, he still remains akumatized. After Bunnyx brings the main timeline's Ladybug to his, she finds out that Cat Noir has been akumatized and now suffers from nasty mental instability, with his behavior constantly changing from being in love with Ladybug, to trying to kill her and back again as his old self in the blink of an eye. Which makes you wonder how long he has been akumatized and alone in the ruins of Paris, which certainly shattered his mental and emotional state.
      • According to Thomas Astruc on his Twitter account, Cat Blanc was spending his time alone by himself in the ruins of Paris, singing and waiting for Ladybug for MONTHS. Just try to imagine what he is doing aside from singing and waiting, and how he survives without any help from anyone. Cat Blanc basically lives with something that he fears during his whole life: being isolated or alone from his loved ones. If Bunnyx didn't teleport the main timeline's Ladybug, this poor boy would be akumatized for the rest of his life, and there would be no hope that he will return to Adrien/Cat Noir, since he killed his Ladybug.
    • While his singing about a "little kitty on the roof, all alone without his lady" is count as tear-jerker, this moment is also very disturbing because Cat Blanc sings this with a flat and lifeless tone, in the middle of Paris' ruins. After we saw his mental state, you can think that his song also count as hisMadness Mantra.
    • Cat Blanc's behavior when he is excited to see Ladybug again by circling her and suddenly grabbing her earrings reminds you of a wild predator targeting their prey, becoming ready to hunt them. Also, the way he speaks to Ladybug is very unsettling, as his voice sounds raspier and angrier. Not to mention he always randomly shows his Slasher Smile with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irisesevery time he is about to attack her. Keep in mind that it's Adrien we're talking about.
    • The way Cat Blanc threatens Ladybug on the base of the ruined Eiffel Tower by pointing a finger-flick Cataclysm at her and walking towards her until she gives up her Miraculous quite looks like he has a gun pointedat her.
    • What is even worse is that his power seems to have absolutely no limits and that he is able and willing to destroy the WHOLE GALAXY, and this is at minimum; Bunnyx flat out states that the after-effects of his attack will destroy the ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
  • Bunnyx is literally running out of time as she is starting to dissipate. If Ladybug fails to persuade Cat Blanc, all of them including the entire universe will completely disappear from existence.
  • The episode implies Gabriel is starting to take interest in Marinette as a potential Akuma. And while the event in the bad timeline was stopped, who's to say he still doesn't believe that in the corrected one and might try again? (He does, with his attack through Lila in "Ladybug").
  • Learning that Ladybug and Cat Noir are people that might be sympathetic to him and Gabriel only cares about exploiting it for Akuma, which suggests he has no intention of any kind of negotiation or deal to cooperate. It seems he'll only accept defeating them or having them surrender to him on his terms alone and give Gabriel total control of both their Miraculous and it's complete power without any input from them. Looking at that it seems like they'll end up fighting to the bitter end with no hope of a happy end to that plotline.

Félix

  • Since this episode takes place after "Cat Blanc", the moment when Gabriel try to talk with Adrien about to reveal of his identity as Hawk Moth and about Emily real condition fell into Fridge Horror.
    • What is the real reason for Gabriel to confess this, does he wanted to Adrien to just understanding him ? or he wanted Adrien to aiding him to take Ladybug Miraculous ? Since we already know Adrien reaction about this revelation from previous episode, it's that some foreshadowing Cat Blanc will appear on main timeline for real ?
  • Félix has no qualms to ruin Adrien's reputation. He even goes so far as to work with supervillains to get what he wants. And despite his fake apology he has no regrets.
  • When Gabriel realizes that Félix stole his ring he is beyond furious. This is far from over and might not end well for Félix.
  • Félix, disguised as Adrien, tries to put the moves on Ladybug while the cutesy music becomes disjointed and just plain creepy, and even tries to forcefully kiss her without her consent. Does This Remind You of Anything?
    • What&#;s worse is that we&#;d just seen Félix fight 3 Akumas to a draw, so it&#;s not hard to fear that Ladybug would have a hard time defending herself from him.

Ladybug

  • If Hawk Moth hadn't been distracted at the very last moment, Marinette would have been akumatized and nothing would have stopped her from bringing him her Miraculous. She was already about to take off her earrings
  • Nathalie's health is getting worse and worse, and it's implied that using the Peacock Miraculous is what caused Emilie to be in her current state.
  • Mayura destroys the sentient Ladybug Sentimonster the moment she sides with the heroes. Basically, Ladybug sees her own death, and Cat Noir sees his beloved dying, with him totally unable to rescue her.
    • Mayura's callous destruction of the false Ladybug and Hawkmoth mocking them for caring about a magical creation is kind of disturbing, especially given how Hawkmoth treats Nooroo. They clearly just see magical beings as things to be used and nothing more.
  • Marinette's predicament. The idea of being falsely accused is bad enough, but Lila manages to turn the whole school against her and socially ostracize her to the point that she's stuck in the bakery more or less for her own safety and of course Lila left no evidence of her wrongdoing, making it impossible to prove the accusations false. If Adrien hadn't stepped in to help her out, she could still be in that situation.
  • This episode shows just how helpless Marinette can be if it's not a situation she can superhero out of. She and Alya couldn't get anything on Lila and Adrien had to basically cave to her to get Lila to fix the situation on her own terms. And for everyone expecting Marinette to heroically shrug off an Akuma like Chloé did out of a sense of duty or what not she gave in just as easily as everyone else typically does and was only saved by dumb luck.

Heart Hunter

  • Heart Hunter's design is very unsettling, being a grotesque floating head with two faces. And that's not even getting into what they can do to anyone who feels any kind of love.
    • Okay, let's get into it. They seek to consume love in all its forms. If they detect any form of love in someone, the Audrey face will use its Eye Beams to reduce them to just their love, which the André face promptly devours using its Vacuum Mouth. Oh, and this isn't undone when Hawk Moth de-akumatizes them, Ladybug still has to use the Miraculous cure to bring everyone back.
  • Hawk Moth and Mayura manage to find and capture Master Fu and to get hold of the Miracle Box. Now they have every Miraculous except the Ladybug, Cat, and Dragon.
  • Hawk Moth convinces Chloé to join him so she can get revenge on Ladybug. She even lets herself be akumatized willingly.

Miracle Queen

  • Pegasus sending Snake Noir through a portal to the sun. If he hadn't had the Snake Miraculous, he would have been burned alive.
    • Imagine Gabriel learning both the Black Cat Miraculous and his son were jettisoned into deep space to be destroyed by the sun. Not only would it have been impossible to enact his plan, he would have been left with nothing. And it would have been all his fault.
    • Actually, it would be far worse than just being burned alive. There are gamma rays and toxic gases to worry about too, and since Adrien wasn&#;t close enough to just disintegrate, being exposed in the middle of space could have easily just made his lungs explode and failing that, boil bim from the inside and kill him in seconds.
  • Hawk Moth knowing the secret identity of every Miraculous holder except Ladybug, Cat Noir and Bunnyx. And since the Miraculous cure transported them back to where they were before, it's possible that they don't even know their identities were revealed.
  • Gabriel manages to fix the Peacock Miraculous. Now he finally has two working Miraculouses and doesn't have to worry about any consequences.

    Season 4 

Lies
  • Lies' power creates a dome of eerie light around her which paralyzes everyone who's ever told a lie. And since people lie all the time, she leaves a trail of paralyzed bodies behind her wherever she goes.

Queen Banana

  • After Chloé is akumatized she is just as furious and upset as before. Hawk Moth immediately sends a second akuma after her and implies that he can repeat this as often as he wants since Chloé's anger is infinite. The akuma reaches Chloé only seconds after she accepts the magical charm.

Mega Leech

  • The titular Mega Leech allows Malediktator to clone himself into tiny versions of him, which creepily crawl onto people like bugs, walk into their ears and take control of their bodies. And there are MILLIONS of them!

Guiltrip

  • Guiltrip's guilt bubbles were so powerful, they nearly got Cat Noir to Cataclysm himself. If Ladybug hadn't been there to pull his hand away, he would have died.

Crocoduel

  • Imagine you and your (ex)partner after being freed from some sort of demonic possession, wind up dropping to the ground from presumably hundreds even thousands of feet in the air, crushing innocent civilians underneath the weight of the ship, your home

Optigami

  • Nathalie created a sentimonster that spied on the exposed heroes for a longer time to find out who Ladybug is. Nobody has ever noticed it. It is only a lucky coincidence that it never followed Alya into Marinette's room.
  • Gabriel realizes that Alya plays an important role in Ladybug's team and decides to focus on her. He is getting closer and closer to Marinette.
  • Kaalki teleporting the Eiffel Tower into a desert and the Arc de Triomphe onto the moon is hilarious. It stops being funny when a train ends up under the sea, a skyscraper in an active volcano and several vehicles in space.
  • We see yet again just how bad it can be if Shadow Moth knows someone's identity even if they're not given a Miraculous and even if they're not someone he can manipulate to betray Ladybug like Chloé using Style Queen and Optigami in sync, he slowly picks off the other heroes one by one while they have no idea they're being singled out, and predict and control Ladybug's actions by giving her a fake Nino as her only option for backup. Even though Alya manages to evade him, she's completely unaware that Nino is a fake, because as Adrien's friend who's over his house, he's familiar enough with him to almost perfectly impersonate him, and he's familiar with how to use the Turtle Miraculous because of his battle with Jade Turtle last season.
  • There's something oddly terrifying about Style Queen just flying through the building turning everyone she finds into glitter (and not even glitter statues this time, all the victims instead collapse into piles of glitter). There's no place safe from her; not the vents, not the door (as shown by people frantically trying to get out the glittered shut doors before she finds them) and the only reason the elevator is safe is because Shadow Moth lies to her that nobody is in there to protect Adrien. She basically goes on a mass murder spree in the building that only Ladybug can reverse.

Sentibubbler

  • Shadow Moth capturing Alya's whole family, Marinette and Nino and threatening to send them into space if Alya does not work with him. Later he lets them fall into their doom and only Ladybug´s quick reaction prevents a tragedy. The worst is that Gabriel doesn't have an iota of remorse.
  • Marinette's nightmare early in the episode. Alya reveals her identity as Rena Rouge to her family and allows Trixx to eat at the table openly, and when Marinette protests, Alya slyly reveals Ladybug's identity, then walks over to the balcony to let Shadow Moth inside, Miracle Box in his hands. But when Marinette tries to run to transform, she's stopped by none other than Cat Blanc, who creepily tells her she doesn't have to hide anymore. Poor Marinette can only whimper in terror as the entire group zombie walks towards her.

Wishmaker

  • Adrien's spiral into depression is played entirely realistic, given the culmination of the last couple of episodes. He firmly believes that he will no longer be of any use to the team with the sheer volume of allies Ladybug has recruited, compounded by the fact he is being left in the dark about their identities, instead of being an equal partner in the team. Furthermore, Nino's secret from the prior episode has shook his faith in Ladybug, with the whole "rules only seem to apply to me" thing. Now his lack of ambition is fueling his depression, which is causing major problems in his crime fighting.
  • It gets to the point where he ends up taking the hit from Wishmaker deliberately, just to find out what his childhood dream was as he doesn't remember. While Marinette had the goofy looking but still relatively normal knitting fairy, Adrien transforms into Adrien. His entire dream was to be what his parents wanted him to be. In other words, this 14 year old boy has no true ambitions of his own, and now has severe depression working against him following his breakup with Kagami earlier on in the season. Poor guy really needs a hug, and a vacation.

    Specials 

"World: Shanghai - The Legend of Ladydragon"

  • Your teenaged great-niece is in town, and goes for a walk. Hours later, she isn't picking up calls or texts, and nobody has seen or heard from her. She is in a city she doesn't know, using a language barely anyone there speaks, and she could be lost, or worse. Even the news bulletins of Marinette's disappearance hit home for anyone who has had a child or sibling go missing for an extended duration.
  • From Marinette's POV, being stalked and followed by three guys on mopeds, in a city you don't know, with no map, translator or even friends to call on. And since she had already been robbed blind of all her material possessions
  • A pawn shop owner extorting teenagers for different reasons. For Fei, he wants a lot of money to tell her who killed her adoptive father (he did it), while for Marinette, he asks for ' Yuan (almost 13k Euros) to buy back her stolen earrings. And in case he doesn't get what he wants, he has enforcers willing to beat the customer into submission.
  • Yan Woshi pulls an Eviler Than Thou on Hawk Moth after the latter orders him not to attack Shanghai or else he will take his powers away from him. Woshi declares that he takes orders from no one and blasts Hawk Moth, straight-up disintegrating him instantly. Cat Noir later suffers the same fate while trying to get close enough to use Cataclysm (incidentally, the only reason Hawk Moth even cared about Woshi attacking Shanghai at all was that it could potentially put Adrien in danger). Fortunately, Miraculous Ladybug brings both of them back.

"World: New York &#; United Heroez"

  • While Ladybug and Cat Noir are stuck in New York, Mayura creates a sentimonster that rampages through Paris without any her around to stop it, making it look like a war zone.
    • What is even worse is that Mayura recalls the sentimonster before Ladybug has any chance to do her Lucky Charm. This means that the damages are permanent and cannot be magically fixed.
  • Cat Noir accidently uses Cataclysm on Uncanny Valley and kills her. While she is revived by Ladybug's Lucky Charm, he is still devastated by this incident, to the point he temporarily gives up his Miraculous.
  • Liiri's power of Liberation frees the heroes of New York from everything that keeps them from achieving their full potential. Unfortunately, we are talking about things like restraint and lenience. As a consequence, there is a whole team of superheroes rampaging through New York.
    • Even worse, Majestia is trying to move the moon to the earth.
    • Knightowl goes full Knight Templar, using explosives and brutal violence on people committing misdemeanors, such as blowing up a car that had been parked illegally, or getting ready to beat up someone with a late library book.
    • Just as bad, Victory, who's also the President of the United States, has full control over the nuclear football, a briefcase-shaped computer, that gives her control over a ridiculous array of hidden weaponry throughout the city, Liiri's affect on her leaving her screaming about her plans to oppress others. And then Miraclonizer steals it, revealing that the 'football' also controls friggin' NUKES.
    • Doorman ends up going into places he shouldn't be. The ice-based heroine starts skating around on icy slicks she creates, not cleaning them up afterwards. The plant-based hero starts growing plants everywhere. The weather controller starts making wild, dangerous storms. Considering what characters like the Flash are capable of, Manhattan should feel lucky that the worst their speeder wanted to do was just sit down and relax.
  • Hawk Moth threatens to fire a nuclear rocket which will end in an atomic war unless Ladybug and Cat Noir give him their Miraculouses. When they refuse, he goes through with his threat. If it wasn't for Majestia
  • Hawk Moth learns about the lost Miraculouses and swears to find them.

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"So you want the Miraculouses, Hawk Moth? Then that's what you're going to get!"

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    General 

  • Anytime Chloé gets some form of Laser-Guided Karma; especially if she contributes to creating the Villain of the Week. The trauma she experiences may not be permanent or long lasting, but it's still something.
  • In his own way, Hawk Moth is a rather impressive Corrupter. Using his empath skills, he puts more effort into caring about his Victim Of The Week's issues than any other villain. Mad at adults? Yep, he totally agrees. Lost your family heirloom? He can help. Think pigeons should rule the earth? Absolutely! Just as long as while you're doing it, you get those Miraculous for him. Yes, he's making deals with the corrupted side of his victim's hearts, but he GOES THROUGH on his end. There's never The Reveal like most Evil Is Petty villains where he makes fun of his target, or gives his victims a Deal with the Devil arrangement that doesn't actually point towards what they want. He actually sounds upset when an Akuma's urges overrule what he wants. "Hey, we had a deal!" More often than not the Akuma of the Week actually get what they want and keep it; or at least something else that fixes their situation.
    • And the unique and colorful designs and skills of each akumatized person is amazing as well.
  • Ladybug aka Marinette Dupain-Cheng is made of awesome, from being the first superheroine to have the World-Healing Wave ability that repairs the damage done by the akumatized villain. Especially her "Lucky Charm" weapon and how she uses it. First, she summons it — which gives her an random item that is key to taking down the Akuma of the Week. She then uses her magnificent analysis skills to look around the environment and see how to implement it.
  • Adrien's entire bedroom. It's every person's dream. Too bad it's not his own.
  • As they gain more experience, Marinette and Adrien start to act and move like their superhero selves even when they're not in costume. "Weredad", "Reflektdoll", and "Feast" (among others) show they they don't need their Miraculouses to tackle an obstacle course and evade an akuma's attacks until they can slip away to transform.
    • In a similar vein, Alya and Nino practice Le Parkour in their spare time. Not only are they in complete sync with each other, they can also perform acrobatics worthy of their superhero selves.
  • After studying the grimoire and coming to the (correct) conclusion that Ladybug sets her own limits, Alya provides Ladybug with the knowledge of how to create Magical Charms. After successfully creating the first Charm of its kind, Ladybug has, without fail, provided a Charm to every akuma victim she's defeated. This means that with every victory Ladybug is slowly but surely inoculating Parisians against Hawk Moth. As impressive as it is, what's even sweeter is witnessing Hawk Moth realize but not fully understand that something is preventing his power from working.
  • While it does veer into the territory of being pathetic, the fact that Hawk Moth clearly acknowledges Marinette/Ladybug, a fourteen year-old girl, as a Worthy Opponent speaks to her intelligence and bravery.

    Season 1 

Stormy Weather
  • The way Stormy Weather introduces herself to everyone in Paris:

    Stormy Weather: For all of you who voted for Mireille, I'd advise you to move indoors. It's going to get very blustery! [Beat] Oh wait Too late.

  • With a Funny Moment, Stormy Weather putting Cat Noir in his place after snarking at her so much.
  • Ladybug cutting a hole through a falling bus with her Yo-Yo.
  • Alya keeping Manon calm and distracting her from their worsening situation by telling her stories, despite clearly being anxious herself.

The Bubbler

The Pharaoh

  • Pharaoh stopping Ladybug and Cat Noir easily during the first battle.
  • Alya not freaking out when she's held captive.
  • Alya thinks she will find out who Ladybug is with the textbook she found. While not looking, Marinette casually pockets it back, all without drawing attention to herself.
  • Ladybug pulling an I Surrender, Suckers on Pharaoh.

Lady Wifi

  • Lady Wifi has to be given credit here. Similarly to Marinette and Adrien when they become Ladybug and Cat Noir, she unleashes her side of Alya and proceeds to kick their asses with ease, all to find out who Ladybug really is. She really means business.

    Lady Wifi:Alya's been disconnected. I'm Lady Wifi!

  • Lady Wifi attacks Ladybug and Cat Noir through phones she placed onto tables all around them. What does Ladybug do to prevent her from teleporting all the time? Smash all the phones.
  • Lady Wifi attempts to unmask Ladybug. However, as good as a reporter as she was, she never put into consideration that it was magically embedded onto her face. Unlike the transformation sequence for the costume from Static Shock, the Transformation Sequence of the Henshin Hero makes it impossible for her, and possibly even Cat Noir, to be unmasked.
  • Cat Noir throwing his staffs to distract Lady Wifi long enough to cut off her power.
  • Unlike when Ladybug first used her Lucky Charm early, she doesn't hide away to recharge. Instead of caring about how much longer she has, she risks all of her time to focus on saving Alya instead.

Timebreaker

  • Ladybug giving Timebreaker a piece of her mind after killing Cat Noir.

    Hawk Moth: Timebreaker! Take Cat Noir's Ring before he disappears!
    Ladybug:Go ahead and try!

  • Credit goes to Timebreaker, being the first to even kill a hero!
  • When Hawk Moth sees the Future Timebreaker and a second Ladybug, he does not have a breakdown. Instead, he evens the odds by creating a second Timebreaker!
  • Future and Present Ladybugs vs Future and Present Timebreakers. Doesn't get any better than that. Except when you add Cat Noir to the mix!

Mr. Pigeon

The Evillustrator

  • Sabrina finally stands up to Chloé, refusing to be her slave after at least years of grade school to tenth grade. It's nearly a Heel&#;Face Turn for her, had it not been for a misunderstanding from Marinette to stop Nathaniel.
  • For most of the episode, instead of Nathaniel using his newfound power to go after Ladybug and Cat Noir, he goes after Chloé for humiliating him, but most importantly, for what she's done to everyone. His way of saying The Dog Bites Back tops it all off.

    Nathaniel/The Evillustrator: You like to walk all over other people, but you don't like it when others trample on you, do you, Chloé? Do you?!

  • The way the Evillustrator handles the heroes. Anything he draws outmatches them, even pulling off an Offhand Backhand on Cat Noir by forcing him to use his Cataclysm on a wall instead of destroying the lights to keep him in power.
  • Marinette as Ladybug and vice-versa shows just how much of a pain Chloé is to both her alter egos after being forced to take a Selfie with her, finding out she was, once again the reason for someone being akumatized, and getting everyone she takes advantage of to ditch her.
  • Ladybug bringing her Lucky Charm Bouncy BallUp to Eleven by using it to take out the power source of the Evillustrator, even after he mocked her about it.

RogerCop

  • Chloé wants to do anything to take Marinette down. When she wrongly accuses her of stealing her bracelet, she orders Officer Roger (Sabrina's Father) to arrest her. It leads to first Tom defending his daughter, followed by Officer Roger refusing to arrest Marinette, followed by Chloé telling her dad, the Mayor, of all people, ordering him to do it. Officer Roger still refuses to arrest Marinette, and, keep in mind, that he's not backing down from two of the most powerful people in Paris. Yeah, this leads to him getting fired and turned evil, but it takes guts to stand up to people like these.
  • Usually, Marinette or Adrien are able to find out who the Monster of the Week is, but this time, Sabrina clearly can tell that her father has been Akumatized.
  • Like The Pharaoh, RogerCop easily dispatches Ladybug and Cat Noir during their first battle. He even made it clear that Chloé was not that much important to him by ignoring every plea she made. He only turned his attention to her when using her to make André give him charge of the police, and using them to try and capture Ladybug and Cat Noir.
    • Before that, Ladybug and Cat Noir follow him to his Flying Car, and you'd expect him to fall off while battling them, right? NO. He calmly stays in place and continues to take both heroes down effortlessly, and even manages to almost send them to their Disney Death.
  • This exchange, which, in light of "Origins", reflects a lot of development on Marinette's part.

    Chloé: I wonder how many croissants your dad would have to sell to buy you one of these [fancy bracelets]. What am I saying? He'd have to sell the whole store!

    Marinette: Well, if you're so rich, obviously you don't need free croissants. [walks away without giving her one]

  • Cat Noir faces all the police guarding the City Hall in order to provide a distraction for Ladybugand wins!

Copycat

  • Cat Noir using the knowledge that Ladybug doesn't love him to get her to realize that Théo (Copycat) is the impostor.
    • Prior to that, Théo gets one for tricking Cat Noir into using his Cataclysm Attack. Noir aims for the chains, but Théo comes out of nowhere and grabs his hand, wasting it on a plaque instead.
  • Théo is later Hoist by His Own Petard when he falls for the same trick&#; when Ladybug uses his Cataclysm to free Cat Noir.
  • The fight between Cat Noir and Copycat.

Dark Cupid

  • The look of Kim as Dark Cupid can count as somewhat badass.
  • Dark Cupid has Chloé cornered, ready to get his revenge. After hearing her It's All About Me Rant, his way of saying she's Not Worth Killing sums her up perfectly:

    Dark Cupid: I don't need to waste this arrow on you. Your heart is so dark and shriveled there's no room for love.

  • Cat Noir, under Dark Cupid's control, has Ladybug pinned down and is prepared to use his Cataclysm on her. Thomas Astruc said that this episode would break the Internet, and he came as good as his word. Ladybug pulls Cat Noir in, and, much to the rejoice of the fans, pulls off The Big Damn Kiss with Cat Noir.
  • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment — Sabrina actually carrying Chloé bridal style into the hotel when Dark Cupid attacks. Okay, so Chloé probably doesn't weigh that much, but that still must have taken some strength and dedication!
  • Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but Ladybug snipes Dark Cupid's arrow with her compact yo-yo. Right out of the bow, but still.

Horrificator

  • The Big Damn Kiss between Ivan and Mylène near the end. Also counts as a Heartwarming Moment.
  • Earlier, Horrificator captures Nathaniel and tries to scare Juleka, only for her to state how awesome Horrificator looks. She tries to scare Juleka again, but once again, it's a No-Sell. Even better is that she was the one to find the way to defeat her.
  • Ivan calling Chloé out for making Mylène cry.
    • Adrien's reaction as well: "Chloé, seriously?!" It doesn't seem like a lot, but it stands out as a rare case of Adrien being legitimately furious at his childhood friend's behaviour, rather than trying to tolerate it as best he can.

Darkblade

  • Marinette is surprisingly more cunning in this episode. First, she creates a diary with a failsafe for anyone who tries to steal it from her box, second, she steps up to run for Class Rep when no one else is, and finally, wins everyone over not because Chloé failed to make her drop out of the race, but because she wants to win fair. This speech explains just how good she is to everyone:

    Marinette: I just wanna be voted in fairly, not because you don't wanna vote for Chloé, but because you believe in me! I'm not gonna make promises that I can't keep, and I'm not gonna be able to get you everything that you want. But I am resourceful and I know how to prioritize. I'm a good listener and a great multitasker. Representing you all is something I truly believe in. And most importantly, I believe in myself.

  • The times Cat Noir and Darkblade clash with each other. By the third time Darkblade tries to trick Cat Noir, he's already gotten wise to it and decides to attack him head-on without falling for the same trick again.
  • The utter embarrassment of Chloé's Blackmail Backfire.

The Mime

  • Probably the best moment of the first half of Season 1: The Mime stops the Eiffel Tower from falling with his bare hands.
  • Not to mention, the entire reason the Eiffel Tower was falling over in the first place was because The Mime chopped it in half with a mimed sword. The Mime is easily one of the more powerful villains in the show, since anything he mimes becomes real. Anything.

Kung Food

  • Mayor Bourgeois, Alec, Marlena and Jagged Stone put up decent fights with Ladybug and Cat Noir when they're Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • Although Mayor Bourgeois and Jagged Stone proved to be worthy adversaries for the heroes, it was Alec and Marlena that gave them the hardest time, using archery and assorted cheeses, even the rotten ones, to nearly overpower them.
  • Kung Food himself is not so bad. His weapons consist of sushi and spices, but his biggest weapon, though not seen to be used as much, had to be his pizza sword that would make Cloud Strife and Zack Fair proud.
  • The entirety of the Bruce Lee and ninja homages in the episode.
  • Adrien, who has volunteered to be a translator for Cheng, does not put up with Chloé disrespecting Cheng or his dish. Near the end of the episode, after having just about enough of Chloé, he tells her off, not caring for what she does unlike in the previous episodes.

The Gamer

  • Marinette subverts expectations by engaging in a Curb-Stomp Battle against Max, and revealing in flashbacks that she would play games with her dad.
  • Meta-wise, Miraculous Ladybug showing their main female protagonist as a skilled gamer, with having Adrien and Max acknowledge it.
    • And they do it without the standard AnviliciousYou Go, Girl! subplot where every male character is given the Jerkass Ball and turned into a sexist despite not being one before, just so they can be taught a lesson.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir getting their own mecha to take down The Gamer.
  • The ending picture shows that, unsurprisingly, Marinette and Max won the tournament.

Animan

  • The way Animan escapes from being trapped inside of a bus: since Ladybug and Cat Noir only saw him use the forms of a panther, a hawk, a ladybug, and a bear, he transforms into a T-Rex! From the reactions to the heroes and some of the audience, no one was expecting that.
  • Ladybug jumps into a T-Rex's mouth! That is all. Haha-no. That's the Nightmare Fuel part. The Awesome part is where she then locks its jaw open with a car jack.

Antibug

  • This episode was a big The Dog Bites Back moment for Chloé. After having enough of her for about sixteen episodes, Sabrina becomes The Invisible One after Chloé calls her invisible and makes her life a living hell. Sabrina even came this close to getting the Miraculouses, by simply pickpocketing Ladybug's earrings while invisible.
  • Meta-Wise, the fact that two different akumatized villains have been made in the same episode is a new score for the writers.
  • Tikki's big You Are Better Than You Think You Are! speech to Marinette when recharging on energy while watching as Chloé/Antibug puts Cat Noir's life in danger. Marinette accepts it, and then proceeds to rescue Cat Noir while untransformed cutting real close to revealing her true identity in the process.
  • The battle between Ladybug and Antibug. Battles between Spider-Man and Venom, Ryuki and Ryuga/Dragon Knight and Onyx may match up to this, but you have to admit that the way they battle is impressive. Even Cat Noir just stands back as the two battle, waiting to help Ladybug out if Antibug got the upper hand.
  • Lucky Charm vs Anti-Charm. And it shows why Antibug was a "cheap copy" of the original Ladybug since Lucky Charm was a bag of marbles and Anti-Charm was a BFS. Antibug loses the Anti-Charm in a matter of minutes, thanks to Cat, while Ladybug with Cat's help weaponizes the marbles to make Antibug slip and give her an opportunity to swipe her akuma.

The Puppeteer

  • After Hawk Moth gives his deal to Manon, Manon already knows about them, and she gives Ladybug and Cat Noir a hell of a hard time.
    • Credit to Manon in general for being the youngest one to become a villain, as well as one of the most competent.
  • Manon through Lady WiFi pausing Ladybug and nearly stealing her Miraculous. Small wonder that Hawk Moth praises her for being a "smart little girl".
  • Hell, pretty much what the Puppeteer does: she brings back former villains and pins them against Ladybug and Cat Noir. She even manages to getCat Noir onto her side, and for the first time, Ladybug finds herself hunted and outnumbered.
  • The throw Ladybug does with the Ladybug doll, all the way from the KIDS+ Studio towards the Eiffel Tower. If you look closely, it looks like she broke the sound barrier.
  • Ladybug finds herself cornered, and her Lucky Charm is a power cord. What does she do to turn the battle in her favor? Use the power cord as a second yo-yo and dual-wield against Lady WiFi, Cat Noir, Rogercop and the Evillustrator! She manages to turn everyone against one another, first by getting Rogerop to restrain the Evillustrator, giving her what she needs to throw them into Lady WiFi. And just before The Puppeteer can take control of Ladybug, she uses Lady WiFi's runes to freeze her, incapacitating everyone. The way she casually walks by while whistling the theme song and destroys the Akuma is the icing on the cake.
    • The icing on the cake is Papillon's reaction to the defeat: not the usual pun, but sheer disbelieving rage at what just happened. And it looks like he remained stunned in shock for a while before that
  • Marinette resisting Manon's Puppy-Dog Eyes at the end, after falling for them at the beginning of the episode.

Reflekta

  • The photographer gets points for shutting down Chloé's attempt at to force him to put her in the same row as Adrien, not even caring what she has to say after she states that her father isn't a photographer aside from remarking he could use an assistant. He then tells her to get into position or he'll make her sit in the front row where she claimed only "babies" should sit.
  • Cat Noir deserves some credit for continuing to fight even after he'd been hit by Reflekta's conversion powers. He's without any of his powers, and in heels that he can barely walk in, and he still proves to be just as useful to Ladybug in helping her defeat Reflekta.
  • Points have to be given to André. He is backed away at gunpoint and is listening to Ladybug's Rousing Speech, as well as defying Reflekta, shows he might have come a long way from being the overconfident and abusive-powered mayor he was before. He continues to defy her even after being transformed.
  • Reflekta already knew Ladybug's plan to swipe her akuma. She sends in André as a decoy, acting just like any villain would, and when their guards are down, she prepares to Curb-Stomp Ladybug and the already-transformed Cat Noir. The one thing she wasn't counting on, however, was that she already transformed Cat Noir, he takes a shot meant for Ladybug and doesn't get affected, not at all.
  • Meta-wise it's a CMOA for the animation team. Because, despite the fact that a good portion of the episode has the majority of the cast looking identical, you can still tell who certain characters are through body language. Cat Noir in particular is easy to pick out of the crowd.

Guitar Villain

  • Ladybug taming a transformed Fang and going How to Train Your Dragon all over Guitar Villain.
  • The following chain of events at the end of the episode: Jagged Stone dumping his hardassedproducer, ranking #1 in sales, and Marinette getting public recognition for her album cover design.

Pixelator

  • Jagged Stone making a Heroic Sacrifice, offering himself to Pixelator before the latter can pixelate Ladybug. He then stalls for time in choosing the perfect pose, which allows Ladybug to weaponize her Lucky Charm and Cat to use his Cataclysm to free himself from the Prison Dimension.
  • Marinette making the glasses that Jagged Stone wants since they aren't available anywhere. This marks the beginning of their comradeship.
  • Cat Noir using his cataclysm to escape. Apparently, we can now add pocket dimensions to the list of things it can destroy.

Princess Fragrance

  • Miss Mendeliev's way to convince the students that playing with perfumes in the science lab is dangerous: she demonstrates.
  • After being out of the action for most of the episode, Ladybug appears prepared to take on Princess Fragrance. She has a clothespin on her nose to prevent herself from being put under her control, takes down her mind-controlled minions easily, uses fireworks to get rid of her mind-controlling perfume, and is able to put her balloon Lucky Charm to quick use.
  • Credit to Marinette before. While she is unable to transform into Ladybug, she puts up a decent fight against Princess Fragrance, preventing her from getting to Prince Ali as much as she can.

Simon Says

  • Nino making the mayor dance a little with his DJ skills.
  • Also Nino, worried about Adrien, refusing to leave the TV studio despite the akuma threat until they find Adrien. Doubles as a Heartwarming Moment.
  • Cat Noir, fed up with his father for being stubborn about his safety, jumps into his house after transforming from his civilian identity and orders Gabriel to implement the security system. When Gabriel asks Cat how he knew about it, Cat claims logically a mansion of that size would have such a system.
  • Cat calling out Gabriel for being stubborn about his safety. Given his Oh, Crap! expression right after, it's one of the few times he's told off his father, and the only time he gets away with it since Gabriel doesn't know his son's double life.
  • Also Cat subverting Always Save the Girl when his father gets hypnotized to jump off the roof, despite being terrified, to help Ladybug. He's not happy about it, but he knows in case of The Needs of the Many that purifying the akuma matters more and will save his father.
  • Ladybug manages to defeat the Villain of the Weekeven though her magic yo-yo is out of commission, having been nullified by the akuma's ability earlier, by using a regular yo-yo conjured by her Lucky Charm.

Volpina

  • While it counts as a What the Hell, Hero? Moment and Nightmare Fuel, Ladybug exposing Lila for her lies counts.
  • At the same time, Adrien giving Ladybug a What the Hell, Hero? moment for her way of revealing Lila as a liar. Why? Because this short moment shows that while Adrien may be crazy in love with Ladybug, he's not afraid to call her out on things he finds wrong.
  • Illusion Volpina stopping a meteor, though fake, from hitting Paris and throwing it back into the sky.
  • Ladybug's Spotting the Thread moment when she realizes that Volpina's powers are all fake. Her "The Reason You Suck" Speech sells it when she shakes Volpina up.

    Ladybug: The meteor, the building, they were all fake! Illusions, lies! that is your power! Fits for a liar just like yourself!

  • Volpina is herself a formidable villain, coming close to get Ladybug to surrender twice with nothing more than illusions, and failing only due bad luck (the first time, when her illusion was accidentally dispelled by a passing pidgeon) or something she could have not known about beforehand (the illusion had her take Adrien Agreste as hostage, something Cat Noir obviously saw through).
    • Subtle, but when Ladybug summoned the Lucky Charm she got a chocolate bar And, differently from most other Akumatized villains, Volpina did not dismiss it as useless, but tried herself to figure out how it could be weaponized. Just her luck that Ladybug was faster at figuring it out

Ladybug and Cat Noir (Origin Part 1)

  • Alya establishes herself quickly when she stands up for Marinette against Chloé despite being a new girl at school.
  • While she messed up the clean-up, Ladybug's defeat of Stone Heart. It was her first outing, she was scared and confused, and still found a way to use the Lucky Charm and deal with the Akumatized villain-and one they couldn't hit or they'd make him bigger to boot.

Stone Heart (Origin Part 2)

  • After being mocked by Chloé, Ivan is almost ready to be re-akumatized, something Hawk Moth is waiting with gusto Cue Marinette being herself, and the villain (temporarily) foiled shouting in rage as he has no idea what did just happen.
  • Hawk Moth introduces himself via a Huge Holographic Head made of butterflies, demanding Ladybug and Cat Noir turn over their Miraculous.
    • Also serving as an Establishing Character Moment in-universe towards the citizens of Paris, Ladybug responds to this with a great Rousing Speech followed by her catching and de-evilizing all of the corrupted butterflies at once.

    Ladybug: Nice try, Hawk Moth, but we know who the bad guy is. Let's not reverse the roles here. Without you, none of these innocent victims would be transformed into villains. Hawk Moth, no matter how long it takes, we will find you, and you will hand us yourMiraculous!

  • Ladybug's new defeat of Stone Heart-and this time she doesn't mess the clean-up.
  • Marinette standing up to Chloé and taking back her seat.

    Chloé: Uh, you're in the wrong seat. Go on, get lost!

    Marinette: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.

    Chloé: What is that supposed to mean?

    Marinette: It means that I'm not putting up with your crud anymore, Chloé, and neither is anyone else around here! So take your attitude and go on, get lost!

    Season 2 

The Collector

Despair Bear

  • Thanks to Chloé deliberately causing a fire alarm and then refusing to take responsibility for it, the whole class is punished and forced to clean up the gym rather than have baking lessons with Marinette's dad. She claims that they were happy enough to get dirty making cookies, and they should be thanking her. Disgusted by Chloé's behaviour, Adrien flatly tells her that unless she can start attempting to be nice to people, they can't be friends, leaving Chloé dumbstruck.
  • When Cat Noir is (once again) controlled by the villain, he gets into a fight with Ladybug and activates his Cataclysm. Chloé rushes into the fray with no regard for her safety and pulls him away by the tail just in time, most certainly saving Ladybug's life, and later on, she assists Ladybug with capturing the Akuma. It bodes well for her future as the Bee Miraculous holder.

Prime Queen

  • Ladybug politely asserting herself during the interview- it's one of the few times she's been able to deal with her hurt feelings without going too far.
  • Ladybug invoking the Wrestler in All of Us to dominate Prime Queen with an armbar hold.

La Befana

  • When Befana shows up at Marinette's surprise party and tries to attack her, the other kids fight back. Special mention goes to Alya and Kim, both of whom try to attack Befana directly. The others actually manage to restrain Befana's fairies (including Rose) briefly. The classmates are now officially Badass Bystanders. Also special mention to Juleka who delivers this line:

    Juleka: Marinette is awesome so don't touch her.

  • Befana making Hawk Moth say "please" when he demands she get the Miraculouses. Given how he demanding and haughty he is, as both Hawk Moth and Gabriel Agreste, it is an impressive feat on her part.

Riposte

  • Kagami and Adrien's initial fencing match is just breathtaking. Especially when Kagami asks to disconnect the machine.
    • Adrien's excellent fencing skills are one for him, period. At the end of the episode, Ladybug even tells Adrien that Cat Noir is a better fencer than her- a rare and powerful compliment, considering how often Ladybug has been forced to fight a Brainwashed and Crazy Cat, and has won every time.
  • Despite Adrien's Game-Breaking Injury, he still manages to help Ladybug by giving her Kagami's sword and later by pushing her away from one of Riposte's attacks that would have killed her.
    • Due to the above injury, Cat Noir can't help Ladybug through most of the episode, so she has to battle an akumatized Master Swordsman all by her own, doing a great job.
  • So, Paris has actually started to learn what to do what happens when an akuma shows up, with the akuma alert thing now. Shows they know what they are doing.

Robostus

Gigantitan

Dark Owl

  • A villainous one for Dark Owl. He takes two Cataclysms and two Lucky Charms to bring down, and he still almost gets Ladybug's earrings.

Sapotis

  • We finally get to see Rena Rouge in action! And it's amazing: she uses her illusion flute to create an illusion of an amusement park to distract the Sapotis that takes up the entire skyline, something instrumental to the success of Ladybug's plan.

Gorzilla

  • Gabriel comes dangerously close to discovering that Adrien and Cat Noir are nearly one and the same. It only fails due to Adrien's quick thinking and his own morality.
    • The fact that Adrien trusts Ladybug enough to throw himself off the top of a skyscraper because she asked, trusting that she'll save him without him having to reveal his identity. He doesn't even show a flicker of fear during the freefall.
  • Marinette and Adrien use a lot of genius to avoid the mob.
  • In a shocking display of confidence, Wayhem and the rest of Adrien's mob attack Gorzilla when the villain kidnaps him.
  • As Wayhem gets captured by Gorzilla, he blasts Adrien's cologne in Gorzilla's nose, rendering the villain unable to use his smelling abilities.
  • Adrien uses Wayhem's similarities to trick everyone in believing that Wayhem is him, leading him to spring Ladybug's trap in the train station.

Captain Hardrock

  • Luka hiding Marinette and tricking Captain Hardrock that she escaped through the porthole.
  • The fact that Officer Roger, in spite of getting utterly destroyed every time he tries, keeps on attempting to arrest the supervillian. This could even count as a Heroic Bystander move, since he ends up distracting her at a vital point. Doubles as a Funny Moment.
  • Cat Noir turns the Liberty into rust particles. Not quite as impressive as destroying a pocket dimension, but if his classmates' looks of astonishment are anything to go by, they hadn't realized that his power of destruction is on par with Ladybug's World-Healing Wave.

Zombizou

  • The entire class rightfully reprimands Chloé for sabotaging Marinette's gift for Miss Bustier, especially when Alix points out that at least half of the town's akumatizations were her fault!
  • Caline not only sacrifices herself to save Marinette from an akuma, she physically fights off the akuma (something we haven't seen since Aurore in the first episode) which tragically leads to her akumatization. Even when the akuma infects her, she does something no akuma victim has ever done before: she attempts to talk back to Hawk Moth! Even though it doesn't work, Caline's refusal to do evil is truly noble.
  • Chloé proving once again she's capable of change and being a better person by sacrificing herself to allow Ladybug to beat Zombizou:

    Chloé: Save us all, Ladybug.

  • Rose managing to pick up and carry Chloé to safety in her arms. Note that she's smaller than Sabrina, whom we've seen carry Chloé seemingly without effort before in "Dark Cupid".
  • Kim, Max and Alix unhesitatingly using their own bodies as barriers to keep the zombies back.

Syren

  • After months and months of waiting, ever since it was revealed that Ladybug and Cat Noir would be getting new powers, fans finally got what they wanted to see when Fu gave the two potions to access their aquatic abilities. On top of that, the aquatic abilities were only one potion; there are seven new potions! Seven new powers! Seven new transformations!
    • Hawk Moth becomes cocky and arrogant when Ladybug attempts to fight Syren and mocks her stating that each new environment has new rules and she can't breathe underwater. Her triumphant return with her aquatic abilities which allow her defeat Syren wipe the smile of Hawk Moth's face.
    • Not only that, the New York sneak peek that revealed the new power ups, including aqua powers and ice powers, only revealed five power ups whereas Fu makes seven potions meaning even though some of the surprise was spoiled there's still something in store that will shock fans.

Frightningale

  • Chloé's actually a terrific dancer as Ladybug, stunning everyone at the audition. It seems all that cosplaying paid off.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir's coordinated battle dancing.

Troublemaker

  • After Bob and his film crew go back to broadcasting, Tom and Sabine tell them to stop the broadcast as they invaded their daughter Marinette's privacy, while Bob is being a Jerkass as usual. After Troublemaker starts to play pranks on them, Sabine grabs a peel and twirls it like a Kiai before thrusting it at Bob, demanding an apology. Then, Troublemaker hits Bob in the back with a guitar and frames it on Tom. When Bob accuses him, Tom drops his nice exterior before stating he's fed up with him on live television. That's right, Tom and Sabine stood up to Bob Roth.

Tom: I could pretend that this isn't bothering me, but now you've gone too far, mister!

  • A villainous moment of awesome for Troublemaker, who manages to take off one of Ladybug's earrings briefly.
  • Ladybug's Wounded Gazelle Gambit to trick Troublemaker into dropping her pen, allowing Cat to break it.

Reverser

  • Nathaniel, Shrinking Violet that he is, has at least some of his drawings on the school's website. Clearly, someone recognized that Nathaniel has talent, which is further cemented when Marc starts fanboying over his sketches.
  • Reverser tries to hit Ladybug with one of his paper airplanes, but she keeps dodging his attacks. His solution? Target a civilian, knowing that Ladybug will save him and leave herself open to being hit.
  • Due to Reverser's attack, Cat is too terrified to take him on directly. Ladybug's solution? Tie him to a kite and have Alix fly him. And it works!
  • Reverser successfully hits both Ladybug and Cat with his powers, rendering both of them unable to fight him directly. If not for Reverser falling victim to a bad case of Revenge Before Reason, demanding to exact revenge on Marinette and Nathaniel before taking the duo's Miraculouses, which gave Ladybug enough time to find someone to help them and come up with a plan, Hawk Moth would have won, full stop.
  • Nathaniel and Marc producing a comic book together at the end.
    • Furthermore, they say it's their first issue, hinting at plans to continue.
  • A meta example: Zag colorist Féri Gonzàles confirmed on the Mexican MLB Twitter account that Marc and Nathaniel became an LGTBQ+ couple, making Miraculous Ladybug join otherLGBT-progressivekidshows.
    • Even better: Thomas Astruc based Marc on Hope Morphin, a genderfluid and bisexual friend of his. Needless to say, Morphin was touched by the move.

Anansi

  • Nora knocked her opponent out in the first round. It seems that this how all her fights end.
  • If Nora wasn't distracted by Marinette she would won have won the arm-wrestling without even trying.
  • The titular villain has captured Alya and placed her in a web. How far is Nino willing to go to get her back? He grabs Cat Noir's Staff, fights Anansi himself and even lands one good hit. Not bad for someone who will become Master Fu's successor.
  • The episode debuts Nino as Carapace.
    • Special mention goes to his transformation sequence which includes Nino break dancing and spinning on his back as the transformation generates his shield underneath him. All this whilst set to a pretty sick beat.
    • And Master Fu deserves huge credit for letting Ladybug give Nino the Turtle Bracelet instead of refusing to give up his Miraculous and either A) telling Marinette to pick another or B) insisting on going into the field himself.
  • Anansi is too strong to be beaten by conventional means so Ladybug has to trick her into destroying the Arc de Triomphe which then falls on her. Even then she resurfaces immediately and would have continued the fight if Cat Noir hadn't destroyed her helmet.

Sandboy

  • Hawk Moth almost overpowering and enslaving the kwamis through sheer force of will alone.
  • Ladybug gets de-powered by the nightmare sand but still manages to figure out how to defeat Sandboy and nightmare Ladybug using her wits. The best part? Even though her own Lucky Charm was interrupted and failed to manifest, she manages to use nightmare Ladybug's Lucky Charm to gain victory.

Style Queen

  • Nathalie putting Audrey Bourgeois in her place and even snarking at her when she is trying to fire her.
  • Plagg flying into action to protect Ladybug while Cat Noir is unable to appear.
  • Plagg uses Cataclysm to defend Ladybug against Style Queen. Every time we've seen Cat use it, he's disintegrated one object (except that time he destroyed a pocket dimension). Plagg's use devastates half of Paris. It's implied that Plagg was holding back.
  • Minor. But Chloé&#;s efforts to prevent Style Queen defeating Ladybug deserve some appreciation, especially when she informs Ladybug where Style Queen&#;s akumatized object is.

Queen Wasp

  • Sure her debut as Queen Bee is a total disaster which resulted in her second akumatization, but it seems Chloé is starting to learn how to be a hero.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir performing a classic superheroic act; Trainstopping.
  • Marinette managing to get Chloé and her mother back together by saying exactly what everyone thinks about them both.

Malediktator

  • When Chloé begins smack talking Marinette in front of Ladybug, who unbeknownst to her is Marinette, you can see Ladybug manage to overcome her urge to throttle her and hold her temper.
  • Chloé's massiveCharacter Development and return as Queen Bee. Marinette/Ladybug putting her trust in her and getting Chloé to confide in her. She then gives her recruitment speech to her like Alya and Nino. And what Chloé says before she transforms.

    Chloé: I won't disappoint you this time Ladybug!

  • Ladybug and Queen Bee's fight with Malediktator qualifies as this. Ladybug disregards a BFG Lucky Charm instead utilising the laser pointer to make the brainwashed Cat Noir take out the guards protecting Malediktator whilst Queen Bee uses Venom to freeze Malediktator in place before freeing the akuma. The entire fight is set to some pretty hardcore music.

Frozer

  • Kagami and Luka are terrific figure skaters. Luka gets special mention for being able to effortlessly lift Marinette and hold her above his head before bringing her back down just as effortlessly.
  • A villainous one with Frozer, who freezes all of Paris. The ice spreads so fast that the heroes are seen actively fleeing it in the early stages just to have enough space to transform before it gets them and once it's done the only people in the whole city not stuck in a block of ice are the heroes and Hawk Moth.

Catalyst

  • Marinette calling to Juleka to let go of her fear to prevent her being akumatized inspires everyone to remain calm and significantly lowers the number of people who become victims to the akumas.
  • The episode ends with all of the heroes, Rena Rouge, Carapace and Queen Bee, together to fight off the akuma army.

    Marinette: So you want the Miraculouses, Hawk Moth? Then that's what you're going to get!

  • Several villainous examples:
    • The Butterfly Miraculous is capable of granting effectively any superpower to anyone and Hawk Moth has the ingenious idea to create a villain specifically centred around enhancing his own power.
    • Lila's impressive combination of lies, going on without getting caught since we last saw her:
      • Her absence from the series? She's become a shut-in and convinced the whole class she's on a world tour with her parents. In the episode we see her claiming she's at Prince Ali's doing charity, with even Chloé being in awe. The only ones who don't believe her are Adrien and Marinette And when the latter tries to call her out, she not only deflects it, but has Alya convinced that Marinette is biased due to Lila's past attempt at seducing Adrien.

        Lila: It&#;s absolutely amazing! Prince Ali invited me and my parents to his gorgeous palace.
        Marinette: Excuse me, Lila, but Prince Ali couldn&#;t possibly have invited you because he is in the United States.
        Lila: I never said he was actually there, Marinette. I just said he invited us, that&#;s all. His parents organized the visit.

      • Lila cannot resist teasing the seething Marinette a little bit.

        Lila: Today I&#;ll be meeting up with Prince Ali to show him an idea I came up with. Marinette? Prince Ali is coming back to Achu today, isn&#;t he?
        Marinette: Yeah, that&#;s right.

      • Lila has not only researched Prince Ali and his traveling plans, she even has considered the time difference and simulates a sunset.
      • Right after the video call to the class, her mother enters her room And we see she's convinced that Lila is dating Adrien, with the video call being from him because he's lovesick, and that the school has been closed for months due too many Akumatizations. We then have a phone call from Mr. Damocles And she still gets away with her lies.
      • The devastating return of Volpina: with a single illusion she turns all of Paris against Ladybug by making it seem she was akumatized and murdered Cat Noir with his own Cataclysm.
  • By blowing softly, Plagg is able to cause an entire stone road to collapse, saving Adrien from Gorizilla's grip.
  • Nora Césaire protects her little sisters from the swarm of akumas, with her own lack of fear preventing her from turning back into Anansi.

    Nora: Fear? Little sister, fear is afraid of me!

  • One for Chloé. When an army of Akuma appears, Chloé is the only one to not give in to fear, and just confidently walks back to her mansion to wait for the heroes to recruit her without getting akumatized! Was it from overconfidence? Probably, but it was still awesome.

Mayura

  • The heroes manage to take down several of the akuma baddies (including the Pharaoh, Riposte, and Rogercop) fairly quickly.
  • Rena Rouge showing some resistance when she took the arrow Dark Cupid was aiming for Carapace. Sure she succumbed a few seconds later, but it's still heroic of her to do something like this.
  • Hawk Moth's planning continues to be excellent: he dispatches Dark Cupid to attack the newly deakumatized civilians, with his Hate Plague abilities allowing Hawk Moth to instantly reakumatize them.
  • Another villainous moment for Hawk Moth: he manages to akumatize the entire team except Ladybug and Cat Noir. And he's even thought up numerous contingency plans: he has Syren waiting in the sewers, and Frozer to cut off their escape.
    • However, in their spectacular act of heroism, Ladybug and Cat Noir are able to swiftly thwart the Big Bad's plan by purifying and rescuing Ondine and Otis, leaping out of the water before Frozer can fully freeze their way out, and Ladybug caps it all off by communicating to the civilians via Prime Queen's camera drone that the superheroes are back, giving hope to the Parisians.
  • Nora leading an army of civilians against the akuma army. Among those citizens include Tom, Sabine, Gina, Anarka Couffaine, Marlena Césaire, Luka and even Marc and Manon Chamack, who are willing to charge into battle and risk their lives to help the heroes.
    • The ways that the civilians fight the superpowered villains are awesome as well. They grab the akumatized Miraculous holders (Rena Rage, Shell Shock and Queen Wasp) and take them out of the fight, honk a car's horn to distractGigantitan and tripping up Stoneheart, Gorizilla and Horrificator.
  • The heroes trick Gamer and Glaciator into a Mutual Kill.
  • The scene where Kim/Dark Cupid gets purified and rescued by Ladybug and Cat Noir also counts. Judging by Hawk Moth's angry reaction, the heroes made a big hole through his plan by preventing him from akumatizing more villains. Afterwards Ladybug and Cat Noir fight Hawk Moth in person, complete with the latter being able to hold his own using his cane.
  • Even though he lost his cane by Cat Noir's Cataclysm, Hawk Moth is able to take down Ladybug and Cat Noir through hand-to-hand combat.

    Hawk Moth: You're never going to win. Not today, or any other day. You're still so green, young superheroes. You can't even stay transformed after you've used your powers.

  • We finally see Mayura, aka Nathalie, in action, and she proves herself magnificently, creating a large buglike creature who is able to blow the entire team away merely by flapping its wings.
  • While it's smaller than all of the above moments, Marinette manages to find the courage to kiss Adrien on the cheek before he leaves. Looks like Kagami's advice stuck with her.

    Season 3 

Chameleon
  • Lila continues to captivate the class with her lies while thwarting Marinette's attempts to expose her.

    Marinette: You have a hearing problem, Lila?
    Lila: Yes, I suffer from tinnitus, a constant ringing in my left ear. I'd had it ever since the sound of an airplane engine burst my eardrum on the runway when I was saving Jagged Stone's lost kitten.
    Marinette: Isn't Jagged Stone's pet a crocodile?
    Lila: Now it is, yes. But he had a kitten until he found out he was allergic to it.

  • Marinette manages to use her Heroic Resolve to drive off an akuma before it can possess her. Too bad it goes to Lila right after

    Tikki: You can resist it, Marinette. Hawk Moth's power only effects people who think there's no solution to their problems, and you always find a solution.
    Marinette: You're right! You won't get me! I'm proud, I'm confident, I'm Marinette!

  • Once again Lila (aka Chameleon) comes dangerously close to victory through taking Ladybug by surprise and is only thwarted by Cat Noirs sacrifice. Even then she still gives her a very hard time and had her all but defeated until the last moment.
    • One quite easy to miss: she overpowers Ladybug while transformed in Cat Noir, so one would expect Karate moves But she instead uses a mix of Boxing hooks, a reverse crescent kick (that one indeed from Karate), and a wrestling tackle, it was all Lila.
  • The title villain assumes the forms of others by kissing them. Ladybug defeats her by tricking her into using her power on a clam, which doesn't have lips. Or anything else that would make it a threat.
  • Lila tries to intimidate Marinette at the end of the episode, vowing to steal Adrien away and turn all her friends against her. Character Development, however, means that Marienette isn't so easily bullied, and casually brushes off the threat before daring Lila to Bring It.

Animaestro

  • When Chloé is trying to intimidate Kagami her retort is amazing and makes Chloé back off:

    Kagami: Don't ever touch me again. Don't ever speak to me again. Don't ever look at me again.

  • The use of 2D animation from the villain mixed with the show's 3D animation.

Backwarder

  • Marinette&#;s brilliant plan to stop the titular villain: set up Cat Noir&#;s movements so that when he gets struck by Backwarder&#;s powers and begins moving backward through time, he&#;ll end up in the perfect place to trip up Backwarder and Cataclysm her brooch, releasing the akuma.
    • Word of God has said that this plan was the most complicated use of a Lucky Charm in the series so far.

Reflekdoll

  • Hawk Moth and Mayura combine their powers to create a supervillain and a sentimonster under her control.
  • Despite having initially some troubles with their powers, Lady Noir and Mister Bug learn fast and do surprisingly well against Reflekdoll.

Weredad

  • Marinette manages to get through a dangerous obstacle course in order to to deakumatize her father. Without transforming.
  • Despite getting beaten up viciously Cat Noir refuses to give up and fights on.

Silencer

  • Ladybug tricking Silencer into activating her Lucky Charm for her by painting a lamp in her signature colors and making it seem like she managed to activate it anyways.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir tricking Bob Roth into confessing that he plagiarized Kitty Section on live television.

Oni-Chan

  • After two seasons of Karma Houdini, Lila finally gets some glorious comeuppance for her lying, three times over:
    • First, her invasion of the Agreste Mansion angers Gabriel enough to smugly hope he can akumatize someone and force her to back off. While he&#;s not above using her against Ladybug, he won&#;t let her or her influence go near his son. Which leads to
    • Kagami&#;s akumatization. Lila, in petty jealousy, sends out a selfie of her kissing Adrien on the cheek. In addition to alerting Gabriel, the message goes to Kagami, the worst person Lila could ever anger. Oni-Chan terrorizes the girl relentlessly and gives her a Pinocchio Nose horn that exposes her lying to several people, taking Lila down a peg.
    • Finally the normally kind and sympathetic Adrien, is thoroughly fed up with Lila. After seeing her get his guardians in trouble, breaking his friend&#;s heart, and faking an injury to force Cat Noir away from Oni-Chan and leave Ladybug at the villain&#;s mercy, he realizes she won&#;t change for anything. As Cat Noir, he saves Ladybug by convincing the fireman to have Oni-Chan teleported to their location, despite the liar begging him not to, and later snarks &#;She lies as much as she breathes&#;. As Adrien, he pushes off all of her excuses and tells her that he wants nothing to do with her if she&#;s alright with hurting his loved ones with no remorse or willingness to change.
    • Subverted in the end when she impressed Gabriel Agreste so much that he makes an alliance with her.
  • Combined with Tear Jerker, Kagamislices a tree cleanly with her wooden sword after seeing a picture of Lila kissing Adrien on the cheek. Granted, only the aftermath is viewed, but it probably might've been for the best that Kagami's furious venting wasn't witnessed.
  • Oni-Chan is the first villain who manages to steal Ladybugs Lucky Charm and use it against her. But Ladybug and Cat manage to use this misfortune to secure victory by manipulating Oni-Chan's powers to swap places with the helpless Ladybug.
  • Lila manages to get access to the Agreste mansion through her lies. Later she convinces Oni-Chan to leave her be and go after Ladybug instead. Note that Oni-Chan was akumatized primarily to kill Lila, as Gabriel felt she was a bad influence on Adrien and wanted her gone. He barely even cared about the Miraculouses this time and really only mentioned them in his akumatization speech because the heroes were going to inevitably show up anyway. She even successfully separates Cat Noir from Ladybug so she has to fight Oni-Chan on her own and gets overwhelmed. There are good reasons why Hawk Moth's opinion of her does a complete during the episode.

Miraculer

  • Lila manages to manipulate Chloé effortlessly and makes her perfom a ridiculous dance. When an angry Chloé confronts her she easily convinces her that everything she said was true.
  • Chloé is the first person who manages to resist an Akuma successfully.
  • Apparently Alya and Nino's time as superheroes has really paid off as they are seen doing some impressive free running while out of costume and carrying ice creams from André's.
  • Cat Noir is hit by a Cataclysm and gets his ribs broken. He still manages to bear up a good fight against Miraculer, and although he gets hit with another Cataclysm, he still manages to hold out for a few minutes against Mayura.
  • Ladybug (with the help of Rena Rouge) tricks Miraculer into giving her her powers back by pretending to be Chloé.
  • Chloé manages to fight off Mayura and almost gets her Miraculous.

Oblivio

  • Amnesiac and unable to use her upon her Ladybug powers because of it, Marinette still manages to jury-rig decent distractions so she and Adrien can escape from Oblivio.
  • With Plagg AWOL, Adrien can only watch as Ladybug fights Oblivio on her own. What does he do? He fashions a Cheap Costume and weapon from some cardboard boxes so he can take part without revealing his identity. It doesn't work because Oblivio is Made of Air except their hands, but if it weren't for that, Adrien would have scored a hit.

Desperada

  • When Desperada appears, Kagami immediately shields Adrien. She even tries to attack her with a microphone pole.
  • Rose taking a "bullet" for Juleka.
  • Desperada has a guitar battleaxe, a sniper trumpet and two small trumpet guns and is an incredible shooter who manages to defeat Ladybug and her allies several thousands times. Many times, Ladybug doesn't even see her coming. Even with the help of Cat Noir and Viperion, she has a very hard time defeating her and needs many second chances.
  • Despite failing again and again for several months, Aspik tries to protect Ladybug 25, times before finally giving up.
  • Luka transforms into Viperion for the very first time and leads the heroes into defeating Desperada.

Startrain

  • It's minor, but Adrien defying his father by sneaking onto the field trip without his permission. Our boy is finally growing some!
  • Chloé showing actual leadership skills; taking control and evacuating the people in her wagon, getting sure they don't panic, before trapping the akuma inside. She even uses her usual bragging about being Queen Bee to get everyone to trust her experience in this kind of situation and obey without arguing back. Basically, the girl stopped the akuma from infecting any passenger, and if the akuma hadn't sensed the conductor's distress, it would have stayed in the wagon without affecting anyone.
  • We get to see Max's transformation into Pegasus. With a pair of Cool Shades to serve as his Miraculous, working popping and locking into his Transformation Sequence, and a surprisingly sick beat to go with it, what's not to like?
    • He has a horseshoe boomerang that is extremely effective against Startrain's drones.
    • There's also his power, Voyage. He makes a portal large enough to take the Startrain from space into the safety of London where it ends up embedded in Elizabeth Tower.

Kwamibuster

  • Ms. Mendeleiev noticed Plagg and Tikki a long time ago. Since then, she was researching them while baiting them with camembert and preparing a trap.
  • Kwamibuster getting dangerously close to defeat Ladybug and Cat Noir - capturing their respective kwamis. No kwamis, no powers!
  • Cat Noir helping the depowered Marinette to escape unseen. Later the depowered Adrien manages to do it himself and evades being captured long enough for help to arrive.
  • Marinette wielding almost all the Miraculous available without losing her mind, and utilizing the Fox, Mouse, Cat and Ladybug powers in tandem to defeat Kwamibuster.
    • Her plan is ingenious too. As Multimouse, she can divide and shrink to a size smaller than the kwamis, who then hide her inside their mouths as they charge Kwamibuster and get captured . Multimouse grabs the Cat Miraculous off Cat Noir so she can borrow Plagg and intentionally gets captured. She then uses two duplicates to merge the mouse with both the Ladybug and Cat so she can use their respective powers, before using the Fox to deceive everyone into believing Marinette is not Ladybug.
  • Speaking of which, Adrien suspects Marinette is Ladybug while Marinette suspects that Cat Noir is a student at her school.
    • Marinette cleverly manages to mislead Cat Noir by "accidentally" revealing herself as Multimouse and getting reproved by Ladybug who then takes her away. It is all an illusion.
    • Cat Noir manages to mislead Ladybug by pretending to assume Ms. Mendeleiev is an elementary school teacher.

Feast

  • Through her research Alya learned about the secret Order of the Guardians.
  • Their Miraculouses taken away, Marinette and Adrien don disguises and bike after Fu, doing everything they can to keep Feast away from Fu such as recruiting the bus driver from "Glaciator", Captain Roger and André the ice cream man to help. While it doesn't amount to much, their determination is enough to convince Fu to give them back the earrings and ring. Special mention must be made to Adrien, who was able to get out of his Gilded Cage without Plagg's help.
  • After Ladybug & Cat Noir defeated Feast, it restore everything that the sentimonster ate, which includes the temple, the monks, and the other Miraculouses. Which means more superheroes possibly in the future.

Gamer

  • Ladybug and Cat Noir playing a tournament with many of their former villains as their fighters.
  • When Ladybug and Cat Noir are forced to compete against each other he does not fight but sacrifices himself without hesitation.
  • Ladybug using Volpina's powers of illusion in order to trick Gamer into defeating himself.

Ikari Gozen

  • Despite being blind, Tomoe is still an even better fighter than Kagami.
  • In order to trick the vocal recognition, Kagami has recorded her mother's voice.
  • Despite being sabotaged, Kagami solves every riddle very quickly. If she and Marinette weren't interrupted by a supervillain they would have won the game.
  • Kagami transforms into Ryuko and manages to deliver an amazing fight against Ikari Gozen.
  • Ryuko allows herself to get captured and swallowed in order to defeat Ikari Gozen from the inside by using her superpowers.
  • Alya and Wayhem winning the scavenger hunt.

Timetagger

  • Ladybug and Cat Noir nonchalantly defeat Mr. Pigeon in under a minute, leaving them plenty of time for Raimer to treat them to ice cream afterwards.
  • Alix meets her future self who is a superheroine and the holder of the rabbit miraculous. She is ecstatic.
  • The battle between Timetagger and Bunnyx is amazing, creative and contains a lot of teleportations and time portals.
  • Bunnyx has mastered her Miraculous to the point where she not only doesn't have a timer when using her powers, but she can use her power repeatedly instead of just once per transformation.
  • The future Hawkmoth sends a powerful villain back in time so that he can defeat Ladybug and Cat Noir before they are in their prime.
  • The Ladybugs and Cat Noirs of the present and the future work together to defeat Timetagger.
  • Apparently, after getting sent to the 15th century, Xavier Ramier became a knight famous enough to have a memorial statue in the present day.

Party Crasher

  • Kim gets his own Miraculous and becomes King Monkey, with a very funky and bouncy transformation theme.
  • Party Crasher may look silly but he is able to predict the attacks of his opponents and manages to defeat and capture Ladybug, Viperion, Carapace, Pegasus and Cat Noir before King Monkey can turn the battle.
    • Hawk Moth has learned from his experiences in "Desperada" and makes sure that Viperion is taken out as quickly as possible in order to prevent any other second chances.

The Puppeteer 2

  • Adrien duels with Hawk Moth's wax figure and holds himself up against it for a short time so that Marinette can escape.
  • The Puppeteer uses wax the figures of Ladybug and Cat Noir to catch their respective partner off guard by pretending to be the real one.
    • Later, Cat Noir returns the favor by pretending to be the wax figure who has captured Ladybug.
    • Ladybug tries to trick the Puppeteer into exchanging her real wand with a copy. The Puppeteer realizes the ruse soon but at this point it is already too late.

Cat Blanc

  • Marinette finally finds the courage to confess her love. Unfortunately she has to make sure it is undone.
  • Much like with Caline, Cat Noir manages to resist the akumaization for a few seconds.
    • His resistance is actually much more impressive, considering the sheer amount of emotional trauma he's going through at the time, which is far more than almost all of the other Akumatized victims.
  • As tragic as the consequences actually were, the fact that Cat Blanc managed to take a third option and not be Hawk Moth&#;s puppet is pretty impressive.
  • Cat Blanc is clearly the strongest and most dangerous supervillain Ladybug has ever faced.
    • Immediately after his akumatization he kills Ladybug, Hawk Moth and everybody in Paris by turning them to ashen statues.
    • He also leaves Paris flooded and in ruins and even destroys a big piece of the moon.
      • To put this into perspective, the shot described above was one cataclysm. The moon took a direct hit and the damage to Paris was nothing more than the recoil.
    • When he gets really upset he even prepares an attack that would be strong enough to destroy the whole galaxy, proving that his power just has no limit.

Félix

  • Once again Marinette musters enough courage to confess her love to Adrien. When she wants to back out, Tikki just doesn't allow it. Too bad Adrien never gets to see it, due to Félix's machinations.
  • When Lila sends Félix video to Gabriel and Nathalie, they see through his disguise immediately.
    • Lila probably realized the deception, too.
  • Adrien quickly realizes what Félix has done. He still pretends to be him so that the Punisher Trio goes after him instead his cousin.
  • Nathalie fights against Princess Fragrance, Reflekta and Lady Wifi (without transforming) in order to protect Adrien and manages to hold her own, even after being hit by Reflekta's power. They only defeat her after a very hard battle.
  • When Félix gets pushy towards Ladybug and tries to kiss her, she realizes the hoax quickly and punches him in the face.

    Ladybug: OK, which part of the word no did you not understand?

  • Félix is a very capable fighter and hold himself against Reflekta, Princess Fragrance and Lady Wifi. He even manages to steal the akumatized object and orders them to attack Ladybug and Cat Noir.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir manage to defeat Félix and the Punisher Trio easily within seconds.
  • Félix gives a fake apology that convinces at least Adrien and proves himself a very skilled thief by stealing Gabriel's wedding ring.

Ladybug

  • Pretty much everything that Lila does in this episode.
    • She frames Marinette for several delicts like stealing the answers for a test, her necklace and pushing her down the stairs without leaving any clues like fingerprints.
    • She even pretends to defend Marinette when she is "exposed". When Marinette accuses her of framing her, Lila simulates being offended which makes Marinette look even worse.
    • Those events does get Marinette expelled and several people in the school akumatized. The same would have almost happened to Marinette and her mother. Hawk Moth was only seconds away from victory.
    • Despite all of Alya's efforts, she does not find any clues as Lila has left none. She committed the perfect crime.
    • When she finally proves Marinette's innocence by "confessing" with a made-up sob-inducing story that is so convincing that everyone but Marinette is moved to tears.
    • In the end, she still has the last laugh by escaping any punishment and being part of the photo shooting together with Adrien. She does such a great job that she even gets an interview on TV.
  • Chloé protecting Sabrina from the akumas. Also a good Call-Back to "Miraculer"; Chloé knows she can actually resist Hawk Moth's influence, so she's a very effective Human Shield who can protect her friend without being affected herself.
    • This becomes twice as awesome in the following context: Marinette herself was akumatized, meaning Chloé unknowingly pulled off something her idol, Ladybug, has been unable to manage, by standing up to Hawk Moth.
  • A villainous moment; Mayura's attempt at stealing Cat Noir's ring has failed, her minion has turned against her, and she's ticked off Cat by destroying said minion. What happens to keep her from being beaten so soon? Hawk Moth himself shows up and fences him and Ladybug to a draw.
    • The above ends up culminates in a mutual hostage situation; Ladybug has Mayura, Hawk Moth has Cat Noir. They both end up pushing their hostages over the edge of the building, and then rescuing the other. The shot of Hawk Moth and Ladybug running past each other is glorious.
  • Adrien confronting Lila and forcing her into "proving" Marinette's innocence with another lie or losing his friendship for good. After everything Lila's done, his patience with her is wearing thin and he doesn't provide any leeway. This is the first time we've seen Adrien truly angry and it is scary.
    • Note the phrasing of Adrien's terms; He knows that Lila is a Consummate Liar, so he doesn't press her to tell the truth. Instead, he tells her to "make up" a disease that makes people lie irrationally. Pathological lying is a legitimate mental disorder, so he got Lila to confess her character flaw by asking her to lie about it.
    • Also, it's been noted before that Adrien threatened to break it off with Lila because of her lies. However, if it means getting Marinette back in school, he's willing to associate himself with someone who disgusts him.

Heart Hunter

  • Hawk Moth creates another powerful villain and correctly predicts that Ladybug will go to the guardian to get another Miraculous. She leads him right to him.
  • When Master Fu is attacked by Hawk Moth he transforms into Jade Turtle and fights back. He ultimately fails, but points for effort.
  • Not only has Hawk Moth captured Master Fu and gotten almost all his Miraculouses except the dragon, he also manages to convince Chloé to turn on Ladybug and join him instead. It is his greatest triumph yet.

Miracle Queen

  • Luka and Kagami sacrificing themselves for Marinette and Adrien, giving them the chance to escape and fight back.
    • Adrien attempting to sacrifice himself for Kagami before.
  • Hawk Moth learning the identities of all heroes except Ladybug, Cat Noir, and Bunnyx.
  • Dragon Bug and Cat Noir/Snake Noir fighting and winning against Viperion, King Monkey, Pegasus, Rena Rouge and Miracle Queen herself.
  • Queen Bee attempts to get even with Ladybug and Cat Noir fusing with more than one Miraculous by upping them with almost all of the Miraculous. Unfortunately for her, the kwamis will have none of it from her, not when she doesn't know their names and their transformation phrases.
  • Hawk Moth and Mayura fail to break Master Fu's shell in time but they still succeed in getting his tablet which contains a deciphered spellbook.
  • Gabriel manages to fix the Peacock Miraculous. Now he finally has two working Miraculouses.

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Truth
  • A villainous one with Hawk Moth managing to fix the Peacock Miraculous and unifying it with the Butterfly Miraculous, becoming Shadow Moth for the first time.
  • Luka resists for a while to the akumization, making perfectly clear to Shadow Moth that he doesn&#;t want to get the truth by force. And before he gives in, he urges Marinette to run away from him.
  • Juleka protecting Rose from one of Truth's beams.
  • Cat Noir saves Ladybug in the nick of time, tackling her into the river just as she's about to reveal her real name to Truth, Shadow Moth, and everyone aboard the Liberty, which includes most of her friends.
  • When Truth delares that he wants to read Marinette's diary Tom immediately tries to stop him.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir saving each other's skins either by interrupting Truth when he's about to compell them to reveal their true names or by changing the question to a harmless one.
  • Cat Noir manages to come up with a plan to make Ladybug summon her Lucky Charm by taking advantage of Truth&#;s side effect.

Lies

  • In "Ikari Gozen" Tomoe defeated Kagami, already a terrific fencer, very easily. This time Kagami can hold her own against her mother and even manages to disarm her for a short moment.
  • Kagami proves herself to be a very talented artist.

Gang of Secrets

  • Remember how Chloé is the only person to ever resist akumatization? Well, here Alya manages to one-up her by doing the impossible and breaking Shadow Moth's hold over her, deakumatizing herself.
  • It's subtle, but when Alya, who throughout the whole show has been trying to learn Ladybug's Secret Identity, is told by Marinette that she's Ladybug, how does she react? No questions, no excited screams, just smiling and hugging her best friend.
  • The events of "Miracle Queen" left many fans assuming that the revelation of all the occasional heroes' identities meant they were unable to return to fight alongside Ladybug and Cat Noir. Ladybug entrusting Alya with the Fox Miraculous despite her known identity gives hope that we might not have seen the last of Carapace, Viperion and the others.

Mr. Pigeon 72

  • Now that Alya knows about Marinette's double life, she is using her investigative skills to try and decipher the Guardian Grimoire alongside Marinette.
  • Marinette trusting Alya enough to have her retrieve her own Miraculous from the Miracle Box.
  • Ladybug using Rena Rouge's illusions and Plagg to defeat Mr. Pigeon without ever leaving her hiding place.
    • Ladybug specifically needs to stay safe from the transforming pigeons so asks Rena to create an illusion of Ladybug and Cat Noir to give Mr. Pigeon someone to chase. Hell, even the 'reveal' of their identities to throw off Shadow Moth was brilliant, as it caused him to forget about the possibility of a Mirage, especially after Gang of Secrets.
    • Ladybug doesn't even need to have the objects at hand to realise what to do with her Lucky Charm in this episode. She closes her eyes and imagines them, putting the whole thing together in her head.
    • And on Rena Rouge's side, she manages to run an entire chase of the fake heroes through the city to the pool complete with her playing out the part to near perfection with banter between the two all while remaining in Marinette's room the whole time. She keeps track of it using the communicator in her flute, something she's likely never had to use much before if ever.
  • Alya figuring out how to unleash Ladybug's new powers, and Ladybug's new Power-Up sequence.
  • With the Magical Charms, Ladybug now has a way to provide lasting protection to frequent akuma victims like Mr. Ramier and Juleka.
  • It would appear that this episode is the moment that Adrien starts getting true feelings for Marinette, knowing that he can't have a relationship with Ladybug but Marinette is still there.

Furious Fu

  • Su-Han doesn't need a Miraculous to hold his own in combat against Ladybug and Cat Noir. Later, he also gives Furious Fu a really good fight.
  • Ladybug distracting Su-Han with a movie so that she and Cat Noir can escape.
  • Su-Han has a secret technique which repels the akuma.

    Su-Han: My anger is mine but I am not my anger.

  • Marianne sneaking up on Furious Fu and destroying the akumatized object.

Sole Crusher

  • Watching Sole Crusher chase down Chloé and absorb her is nothing but a cathartic trip to watch.
  • While he still obeys his wife and daughters whims, André cleverly finds a way to get his stepdaughter Zoé to stay in Paris with them, and directs her to her room to protect from Chloé's wrath. The way he phrases it even gets Audrey's consent. Score one for this Henpecked Husband!

Queen Banana

  • Adrien calling Chloé out on her bratty behavior towards the group, pointing out how the film was never hers to begin with and like always, she made everything about her. He punctuates this point by reminding her of his promise to her back in "Despair Bear", that if she couldn't learn to be kinder to others, he'd end his friendship with her. Given how much of a doormat Adrien has been in the past regarding Chloé, it's refreshing to see him stand up to her for a change.
  • Zoé facing Queen Banana on her own, trying her best to talk her sister down. It's this act of bravery that earns her the Bee Miraculous.
  • Zoé tricking Chloé into accepting the anti-akuma magical charm Ladybug made for her by telling her that it's a gift from their mother. Chloé snatches it from her hands and puts it on mere seconds before a second akuma reached her.
  • Mayor Bourgeois finally puts his foot down and tells Chloé in no uncertain terms that she can order him around all she wants, she can demand all the absurd things she wants (like painting their limousine pink), but she should never again ask him to hurt Zoé.
  • Even though he likely just agreed to anger Chloé for akuma purposes, Adrien getting Gabriel to step in and counter bribe Roth to get the original movie back was very satisfying to see.

Mega Leech

  • The episode shows how Team Miraculous operates in unison - each member has their own role in saving the day.
    • Ladybug acts as the Big Good, coordinating the others into position and calling on them when needed. She also ultimately purifies the akumas and amoks.
    • Cat Noir is the most physically agile, allowing him to distract and evade the enemy, plus his Cataclysm allows him to destroy anything they need.
    • Pegasus is able to teleport other allies to the enemies' blind spots, getting behind enemy lines for a surprise attack.
    • Vesperia is able to use said teleport to jump right on top of Mega Leech and paralyze it with Venom.
    • Ryuko's elemental manipulaiton allows her to collect all the wayward akumas and amoks into one place.
    • Carapace is able to contain the akumas and amoks inside of a Shellter.
    • Lastly, none of the above would be possible without Polymouse fighting Microdiktator en masse to de-akumatize him and his clones.
  • Mrs. Bustier shows how much she supports her class. Upon hearing that Roger has told Ivan and Mylène to leave, she tells them to go back to classbecause she's going to bring everyone to support the protest.

Guiltrip

  • Rose manages to break free from Guiltrip's bubbles through sheer positivity alone. It's this act of pure determination that convinces Ladybug to give Rose the Pig Miraculous.
  • The Pig Miraculous&#; power is so strong, it got Juleka to voluntarily give up her Akuma. They didn&#;t need to steal it at all.
  • Rose returns the Pig Miraculous to Ladybug of her own accord, without any prompting from the latter. She even tells the class that it was Ladybug and Cat Noir who saved them, even though both of them would have remained trapped inside the sentimonster without Rose's help.
  • Some positive Character Development for both Adrien and Chloé. At the finale, Adrien finally speaks up in front of all his classmates instead of remaining a quiet observer and snarks at Chloé, basically calling her a Drama Queen. And Chloé sullenly admits that he's got a point, taking the jab without throwing a hissy fit like she usually does when someone calls her out on her behavior.

Crocoduel

  • Ladybug needs time to reassemble the akumatized object for Cat Noir to destroy to release the akuma, while Guitar Villain and Captain Hardrock are bearing down on them. Purple Tigress gives her time, by utterly flattening the Liberty with a single blow, sending it and GV careening into the sky.
    • Note that Purple Tigress is the first hero to be able to just straight up attack an Akuma head-on and overpower it. Not one but two at that. That's an impressive feat, as Akumas usually always have the strength advantage and the heroes need to be strategic with their power.
  • Juleka, following her experience as Purple Tigress, straight up yells over her bickering parents and shaming them into apologising to one another over the Crocoduo incident.

Optigami

  • Optigami was spying on all the exposed heroes for months without being noticed.
  • Shadow Moth's plan was incredibly well thought out and would have worked perfectly if it wasn't for Alya's and Nino's special handshake. It may have been his best one so far.
  • When Style Queen aims at Adrien, Kagami attacks her to protect him. It works long enough for him to escape.
  • Ladybug fusing the Ladybug and Bee Miraculous to become Lady Bee.
  • Alya's sheer bravery and cunning over the course of the episode pays off, as Ladybug decides to let her keep the Fox Miraculous permanently.
  • Max and Luka make it their priority to try to help the bystanders even without their powers, proving it isn't the Miraculous or the suit that makes the hero.
  • Not only does Ladybug notice at the last second that Nino was a fake, but because it was something she'd seen as Marinette (his and Alya's handshake) and since she doesn't actually say why (since that would give away that she's close enough to them in her regular life to notice something like that) Shadow Moth and Natalie are completely aghast at her calling "Nino" out. It seemed to them like Ladybug just instantly caught into their plan with no logical reason why.
  • The extent of how Crazy-Prepared Marinette is as the Guardian.
    • As Ladybug, she always retreats into the sewers after retrieving a loaned Miraculous to ensure she isn't followed. Even though she doesn't know she's being tailed by Optigami, it aids in preventing the sentimonster discovering her identity.
    • Inside the art supply box that she uses to hide the Miracle Box, Marinette has left an old-school cell phone (one that's clearly cheap and ensure it has a charge that lasts) that she uses to get in contact with the kwamis should she need them yet be unable to reach them. This proves instrumental to victory.

Sentibubbler

  • Alya is able to effectively use her Mirages to trick Shadow Moth a grand total of three times throughout the episode. Marinette even compliments her on her resourcefulness. She truly is the master of illusion.
    • First, she creates a distraction to momentarily hide herself so she can transform. She then quickly conjures a Mirage of herself to lead Sentibubbler astray, in order to get to her room for a private chat with Cat Noir, making sure he doesn't interfere with her illusions and knows that the villain is a sentimonster.
    • Later, she creates a dual illusion of both herself and Ladybug. This version of Ladybug tells "Alya" that she can no longer be Rena Rouge &#; a completely believable deceit, given Chloé received the exact same treatment &#; guaranteeing that Shadow Moth will leave her alone for a while. The false Ladybug then heads out and is followed by Shadow Moth, only for her to disappear after ducking into an alley.
    • After Sentibubbler traps Cat Noir in a bubble and makes him waste his Cataclysm, Alya is forced to improvise by creating a third illusion of Marinette in her bubble, to hide the real Marinette as she transforms and summons Kaalki to become Pegabug and save the day.
  • The smirk Pegabug gives to Shadow Moth as she snatches the cup containing the amok from his very hand.

Hack-San

  • Shadow Moth effortlessly blackmails Robustus into compliance, after his last attempt almost ended up getting him killed. This time, Robustus is infected with a virus caused by Shadow Moth's sentimonster Hack-San. The terms of the deal are simple: obtain the Miraculous, and Shadow Moth erases Hack-San and the virus, freeing Markov from its influence. Make no mistake, Shadow Moth is getting craftier and more effective in both his targets and their akumatizations.
  • The foresight from Marinette to reveal her identity to Alya bears fruit in this episode, as she is incredibly lucky to have handed over the Miraculous to Alya on the same day that Shadow Moth creates an akuma that can remotely attack her. If she hadn't, he would have won there and then.
  • Robostus tricking Scarabella with a fake cry for help. Soon after that he lures the heroes into an ambush by letting his brainwashed minions pretend they are wax figures in the Musée Grévin. Very soon they are cornered with no way to escape.
  • Scarabella's first outing as Ladybug is quite remarkable, given the circumstances. Her first obstacle is an angry Cat Noir, who doesn't trust her, believing her to either be a villain or a Sentimonster (and in fairness, he has had experience in both). She is able to counter his Cataclysm, before stunning him with a myriad of blows before binding him with her yo-yo. She even states that if she really wanted his Miraculous at that point, it was hers. After the recharge, and their battle with Robustus, she quickly realises that she can't get to him to release the akuma, but a trapped Marinette can. Thus, she slyly threatens to destroy the Miraculous, denying Shadow Moth his victory. With the promise of the heroes in exchange for the captives, he reluctantly agrees, before Marinette interrupts him mid-sentence by beaning Robustus over the head with a frying pan.

Rocketear

  • Just like Alya did in "Gang of Secrets", Nino successfully manages to break free from his akumatization after having been transformed.

Wishmaker

  • André the ice cream man, Luka, and the Bourgeois butler all casually bull-rush Alec on his own show after he tries to mock and belittle their life choices. Even better, they are doing it in an incredibly kind and conciliatory way which makes him questioning his own life choices.
  • Luka became the second person to know Ladybug's secret identity, but he's also the first person to know Cat Noir's secret identity.

Simpleman

    Specials 

"Santa Claws"

"World: New York &#; United Heroez"

  • In the Action Prologue, Ladybug and Cat Noir power up into their new Astro forms to save Mr. Pigeon from flying into space unprotected.
  • Majestia, Knightowl, Sparrow and Uncanny Valley preventing a plane crash and capturing Techno-Pirate.
  • Villainous one for Hawk Moth, who akumatizes Techno to create a distraction by stealing Lafayette's saber; while the American Heroes take on the empowered villain, Hawk Moth casually steals the Eagle Necklace, before personally recruiting Techno before he can be captured for step 2 of his scheme.
  • The Eagle Miraculous grants the bearer the power of Freedom, as in freedom from any limitations. In the past, Lafayette used it to aid the American forces by removing their physical limitations. In the present, Miraculyzer uses it to remove the moral limitations of the Heroes, allowing them freedom to do whatever they like without ethical considerations.
  • Ladybug, Cat Noir, Ms Eagle and Uncanny Valley are able to save the Adult Heroes and New York by defeating Miraculyzer and foiling Hawk Moth's scheme.
  • Marinette successfully persuades her classmates with a rousing speech to stand up to Gabriel and convince him to allow Adrien to go to New York with them. This time Lila has to concede defeat.
  • Ladybug manipulating Doorman's curiosity and tricking him into getting her and Cat Noir into the statue of liberty so that they can take Miraclonizer by surprise and get the Eagle Miraculous back.
  • Majestia stopping a nuclear rocket and hurling it into the sun, preventing a nuclear world war.

"World: Shanghai &#; The Legend of Lady Dragon"

    Comic Books 

  • Alix, Ivan, and Kim wanting to help Adrien against Replay. Sure, Ladybug told them to go away, but still, these guys have balls for standing against an akumatized villain.

    Meta 

  • The show itself is one long one for its animators. Every episode demonstrates that the show's notably high budget is well-earned and then some. The characters move and flow dynamically and the action makes use of great shifts in camera angles. This show is the best argument for 3D animated superhero shows you'll ever find.
  • A Merch example: The Tikki plush is now a Bestseller!
  • Miraculous Ladybug beat Steven Universe, Rick and Morty and even Family Guy for the Teen Choice Awards 's category of Best Animated TV Show! Quite a feat, considering it was the first time they get nominated in this category.

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Best Big "WHAT?!" Ever!

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    General 

  • Marinette lives right next to her school (like, literally across the street), yet she still manages to be late more often than not. It makes every time she's scrambling out of her house with a croissant of tardiness that much more hilarious.
  • Plagg is lazy, snarky, and almost always seen munching on camembert. In other words, he's a floating, talking Cat Stereotype. Whenever Adrien needs him for something (such as fighting an akuma), he will always try to weasel his way out of it by claiming he's about to take a cheese break unless his precious cheese is threatened, in which case all bets are off.
  • Camembert is one of the quintessential stinky cheeses, having a rather strong aroma (that's to say, you can smell it from 1 meter away, and it only gets stinkier the more it matures). Those animated clouds of stench around it? Not a hyperbole. And Adrien is always carrying some camembert with him in case Plagg needs a snack to restore his energy. Which means that the beloved Teen Idol of Paris walks around, goes to school, and attends photoshoots and official events smelling like stinky cheese. Adrien irritably lampshades this in the Origins episodes; Plagg, however, remains gleefully unapologetic of his dietary preferences:

    Plagg: If you want to be able to transform into a superhero, then stinky cheese is the deal, my friend!

    Specials 

"World: Shanghai - The Legend of Lady Dragon"

  • The Renlings try to introduce themselves and their powers to the new Renren in the middle of combat.
    • Tang Tang goes first, saying that she's the Renling of Patience. Renren, who's busy dodging for dear life, replies that this is hardly the time for being patient and asks if there's anyone who can help her fight the Silver King.
    • Xiong Xiong steps forward and introduces himself as the the Renling of Calmness. When Renren says the he's got to be joking, Xiong Xiong clarifies: calm like a huge, strong bear. Renren is immediately sold on the idea.
    • Only the holder of the Prodigious can see the Renlings; to the rest of the world, Fei/Renren seems to be talking to herself.
  • Wang Cheng is under the impression that Adrien is Marinette's boyfriend, prompting the two to simultaneously declare that they're Just Friends. Fei just gives them a look that says she's not buying it.
  • Near the finale, Marinette tries to call Fei "sister" in Chinese, only for everyone to burst into laughter. Marinette gasps in horror and asks what she actually said; Fei quips that it would be too embarrassing to translate it.

"World: New York &#; United Heroez"

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Marinette vs. doors

  • The fact that Ladybug and Cat Noir are fighting Mr. Pigeon for the 51st time. This time, he got his pigeons to carry him (and the Eiffel Tower) to the moon, while forgetting that they can't breathe in space.
  • As part of French-American Friendship week, Marinette's class made a sock-puppet show about George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette. When comparing helping Adrien to Lafayette helping Washington, Marinette declares, "You are our Sock-Washington!"
  • Marinette sits next to Mr. Damocles, who soon fells asleep and starts resting on her.
  • Alya is fangirling when Majestia and her fellow heroes show up.
  • Mr. Damocles goes to the toilet in order to suit up and fight the Techno-Pirate as The Owl. When he is finally ready the fight is already over and he returns to the toilet disappointedly to change back.
  • Marinette tries to convince herself and others that she has moved on from her crush for Adrien and considers him as "just a friend". She utterly fails.
  • Alya has a lot of fun teasing her best friend about her crush and her futile attempts to move on.
    • Alya does everything in her power to bring her best friend together with Adrien. When she keeps failing, she gets increasingly frustrated.
  • Marinette and Adrien have sometroublewiththe doors.
  • It turns out that Adrien's bodyguard is afraid of flying and, on an app, rates both his fear and comfort level needed 10 out of All throughout the flight scene we hear the bodyguard be told that he is a dolphin and a cloud.
  • And if you didn't see it from the start, this special's Akuma victim asked if France's resident Big Bad wanted a atomic bomb instead of New York's MacGuffin and then was all like "Nah."
    • Cue the climax, where Hawk Moth is perfectly willing to start a nuclear world war just to get Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses.
  • Aeon and Jess becoming Adrienette shippers because for the former, they look cute, and for the latter she's got nothing better to do.
  • While it is a tense scene, during the fight with Techlonizer, Sparrow tells Uncanny Valley they must be like Ladybug and Cat Noir: autonomous, united by a bond of trust, and super efficient. Cue a Gilligan Cut that shows the Parisian heroes &#;round dancing&#; the supervillain, while Ladybug calls out Cat Noir for leaving Paris unprotected.
  • Sparrow&#;s dramatic pose has them leaping off a building, Uncanny Valley&#;s has her flying in the air and Doorman&#;s has him gesturing to an open door.
  • While Adrien is flying back to Paris his bodyguard has been forgotten in New York.
  • While all the older members of United HeroeZ being put under the influence of Miraclonizer&#;s Liberation is pretty scary in concept, some of the heroes who suffer the effect of Liberation have some hilarious moments.
    • Mercury is (at least in supplementary materials) known to be diligent and always helping the innocent. Here, he decides to sit down in a chair and do nothing.
    • Doorman very specifically only uses his power for the greater good and not for personal gain. Liberation makes him selfish, using his powers to create portals to various locations all over the world so that he could fulfill his own curiosity.
    • Snowflake, who is implied to be serious and responsible, becomes super childish and starts ice skating around New York with her powers.

    Out of Canon 

  • Nick's special video for the show "How to be a Superhero" has this listed as one of the six things needed that accurately describesthe love squareof the series.

    You need a crime-fighting companion () Who secretly has a crush on you but you don't like them back because you have a crush on this kid at school named Adrien who's not into you because he's secretly Cat Noir who has a crush on Ladybug and doesn't know you're secretly Ladybug. (Insert Marinette doing a funny sob here.)

  • Thomas Astruc's ("Hawkdaddy"/"Papapillon" by the series' fans) Twitter account is filled with plenty of hilarious moments (among others). One of these would be the Running Gag occurring whenever asked a potential spoiler question which involves replying using a random photo with the words "No spoilers" plastered onto it. He even used it when asked how many of these "No spoilers" photos he had already.
    • Another excellent moment is Thomas's response to a fan who asked if Ladybug and Cat Noir would learn each other's identities in season 2. The fan asked him to answer yes or no, so Thomas responded "YES OR NO".
    • He was once asked about Lila's ethnicity. The answer was "half-Klingon, half-duck".
  • At the San Diego Comic-Con panel, the cast did a live script reading for the upcoming season 2 episode "Troublemaker". Highlights include:
    • The English voice director's overly hyper attitude.
    • Questions to producer Jeremy Zag included whether or not Adrien kisses Marinette, Cat Noir kisses Ladybug, or if Nino kisses Alya.
    • "Don't worry about it, it's her Willy Wonka entrance. She'll do her cartwheel real soon." note Tikki's voice actress Mela Lee came on stage with crutches due to a broken leg.
    • The audiences' reaction when Adrien refers to Marinette as "just a friend". note Not to mention their reaction to the scene where Adrien sees Marinette's collage of him on TV.
    • Three of the stand-in voice actors for the reading were Saitama, Belle, and Volpina cosplayers.
  • Marinette's English voice actress loves to mess with fans on her Instagram page from time to time.
    • During her recording of Chameleon she decided to tease Adrienette shippers with this post. It's made funnier when you find out that Chloé's English VA upvoted it.
    • When she revealed that she adopted a Sphyx cat, fans joked that Adrien now had competition from another cat. Cristina would later respond with this.
  • One fan with too much time on their hands decided to search for the definitions of Adrien and Marinette's names on Urban Dictionary; thesewere the results they got.
  • On May 2 , Meextreats posted a photo of her Queen Bee and Rena Rouge cosplays and asked her followers which one would win in a fight against each other. This post caught the attention of Chloé's English VA Selah Victor, who left a pretty hilarious comment on it:

    Um don't be ridiculous, Queen Bee of course!

  • During the COVID lockdown in , Unicef and the City of Paris released this short video (in French) targeted at children and featuring Master Fu describing social distancing rules to Ladybug and Cat Noir. Apart from this breath of fresh air during difficult times (including for children, who had to stay at home all day long for two months), it includes many funny moments, such as Marinette complimenting Adrien on how well he sneezes or Cat Noir lamenting kisses are out of the question now. Then there is Marinette's comment, after Adrien tells her he washes his hands to protect others, that it is important to have a protection

    Miraculous Chibi 

The Chase

  • Cat finally retrieves the tickets and triumphantly walks over to Ladybugbefore collapsing from exhaustion.

Curiosity Kicked The Cat

  • Cat throws out a fishing line and hooks a feral cat, which slams directly into his face.

Catnip Fragrance

  • Cat tries to attract Ladybug with a splash of cologne. Instead, he gets hundreds of cats chasing after him!

Sours: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Funny/MiraculousLadybug
Miraculous Ladybug is hilariously dumb...

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    Marinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug 

  • Is Marinette really a better love interest for Adrien than the likes of Chloé and Lila, or is she simply the lesser of three evils? She&#;s acted like a Stalker with a Crush towards him in the past, having his schedule memorized, following him around covertly etc. There are several instances where when Adrien seems to pay attention to another girl, she gets jealous and tries to sabotage the relationship (Lila, Kagami — and while the former could be labeled an Asshole Victim, it would be far more of a stretch with the latter). Some of her plans to impress Adrien in the past have even resulted in akumatizations. While she does learn her lesson every time this happens, the lessons never seem to stick (though in all fairness, she's far from the only character in this show who constantly suffers from Aesop Amnesia).
  • There is an interpretation that "Stormy Weather 2" has a major change in attitude by Marinette. She put "your friend" on her note, not taking another opportunity to deliver a love message as in "Backwarder." In this interpretation, Marinette has gotten on the same page as Adrien: she will just be his friend. Tikki congratulates the "new and improved Marinette," and in the end panel she is walking away proud and tall while Adrien looks wistfully at the valentine. This may be confirmed by Word of God, since Thomas Astruc responded to a retweet of this theory with approval.
  • Season 4 has her call on the other temporary Miraculous holders for help, whose civilian identities are known to Shadow Moth, even though she benched Chloé in Season 3 for the exact same reason. Is it because she realized her treatment of Chloé helped push her to Hawk Moth? Is it hypocrisy on Marinette's part? Or was she simply looking for a reason to kick Chloé, whom she dislikes, off the team and is much more accommodating to the other temporary holders because they're her friends?

    Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir 

  • His Entitled to Have You nature towards Ladybug, and his refusal to let it go. Is he simply being possessive, or does he have no idea how to deal with his feelings for her, having been sheltered all his life?
    • In addition, he occasionally makes Ladybug apologize for things that aren't her fault, gaslights her and in episodes such as "Frozer", "Glaciator" and "Syren" does a lot of things that are quite close to emotional abuse. Is he copying his father's behavior? Or is he simply not mature enough to be in a relationship?
    • Speaking of Syren, was threatening to quit a bluff to emotionally manipulate Plagg or an understandable response to being treated more like a subordinate than a partner? He certainly seemed to change his tune once Plagg admitted to valuing him as an individual rather than just as someone to wear the ring and help Ladybug. And was the timing a deliberate attempt to ramp up the stakes by threatening to let the city be destroyed, or was it just that the fact that he had nothing to do but sit around and wait for Ladybug, since the city was already flooded (and, given the lack of drowning civilians, presumably evacuated) and he couldn't breathe underwater, really drove home how unequal their partnership had become?
    • He never apologized to Théo for his lie in "Copycat" that he and Ladybug were "an item", and also never apologized to Ladybug for a lie that caused an Akuma attack, letting her believe it was because she was a no-show to the statue unveiling. Is this an act of jealousy, a feeling of entitlement by a spoiled rich kid, or his normal pattern of avoiding conflict?
    • He repeatedly dives in front of Ladybug and takes hits meant for her. Is it instinct, a calculated attempt to make her feel like she owes him, or simply a logical reaction to the fact that she's the team's White Mage and is thus more likely to be able to fix any harm that comes to him than the other way around?
  • His actions in "Chameleon", or lack thereof. Though he's put off by Lila's lies, he only tries to confront her in private, and later convinces Marinette not to expose Lila because it'll hurt her even more and won't turn her good, and that as long as he and Marinette know the truth, everything will be fine. While one could argue he is just applying the logic he used to stay out of his father's ire by being a complacent Extreme Doormat, the fact is that Adrien is the only civilian besides Lila herself who could recount what happened in the park in "Volpina", and he never once tries to tell anyone about what happened, not even Nino (which would corroborate Marinette's story). It's fine as long as some people know the truth, but he never lets his best friend in on the ruse either. By not corroborating Marinette's story, he also leaves her looking unreasonablyjealous to the rest of the class and isolating her. Alternately given his fame, he could have learned early on to ignore lies that could hurt his reputation (because paparazzi), but the lesson was somehow twisted in his mind to the point that he sees Lila's lies as something similar.
    • His inaction becomes even less excusable after the episodes "Oni-Chan" and "Ladybug". He has seen the effects Lila's lies can have on people (her nearly tricking Ladybug into giving up her Miraculous, Marinette being temporarily outcasted from the group, getting Kagami Akumatized, getting Marinette expelled, nearly resulting in a mass Akumatization), and while he does convince Lila to lie again to get Marinette back in school, he still doesn't tell anyone else about her lying. By now he knows she can be harmful to people, so his reasoning of telling Marinette to not saying anything "because no one is getting hurt" no longer holds water. Is he still being conflict-avoidant? Still concerned about Lila being akumatized? Or does he believe he can control the situation by himself? And did he really previously see the lies she had already told as being harmless?
    • Another possibility - did he genuinely underestimate how dangerous Lila was during "Chameleon"? Recount that Marinette took full responsibility for losing Gabriel's book in "The Collector" without implicating Lila, and never tells Adrien that Lila threatened her in the bathroom during "Chameleon". Is Adrien dismissing her as a relatively harmless Attention Whore because he doesn't have all the facts, only to see her true nature during "Oni-Chan" and "Ladybug".
  • Is Adrien really dumb because he hasn't noticed he seems to like Marinette as more than "just a friend"? Or is it expected due to his sheltered upbringing and social awkwardness plus his feelings for Ladybug getting in the way?
    • Is he really oblivious to Marinette's crush, or does he, due to his experience as a famous model, notice Mari's crazed-fan, stalkerish behavior and his "just a friend" reasoning is his way to ignore/avoid it so as not to lose her? Marinette was, technically, the first 'friend' he made apart from Chloé, or at least the first one to openly be called "friend", and him admitting she could be just another crazy fan would erode that friendship.
    • Alternatively, is Adrien so accustomed to people fangirling or getting nervous around him due to his looks and fame that he's become desensitized to it? To the point Marinette's behaviour would seem relatively normal to him as her being just starstruck.

    Chloé Bourgeois/Queen Bee 

  • Is Chloé just a heartless Alpha Bitch who cares for no one but herself and acts nice only to gain favour, or a misunderstood girl who's aware she's The Friend Nobody Likes and simply influenced by her father's own power and corruption? "Despair Bear" has managed to sort of provide a kind of middle ground - she doesn't seem to have advanced beyond her childish nature at all due to the sudden childhood trauma of her mother abandoning her.
  • Chloé's reason for promising Marinette that she won't tell Adrien about her crush in "Animaestro": Did she really mean what she said and that it would be a waste of time? Or was it because she feared Adrien would actually return Marinette's feelings if she told him? Or did Chloé draw the line at humiliating Marinette in that way? Perhaps she also felt that simply handing herself or Marinette the victory depending on how you look at it would not be as fun and she enjoys competing with Marinette.
    • Actually, is it even Adrien that Chloé is in love with? Is she in fact in love with Marinette? Given how her parents don't have a good track record when it comes to actually raising their daughter, it's very possible that she somehow mistook being in love for jealousy, as there likely wasn't anyone to teach her what being in love is like. It's also highly probable that she is aware and attempts to push back the feelings in fear of being hurt, which given how she felt during her Parental Abandonment, would make sense. Her constant pining for Adrien can easily be seen as an attempt to repress her feelings for Marinette given that her feelings for him don't seem to be romantic and that she seems more preoccupied with preserving their friendship. As for Marinette, she seems to have Chloé's undivided attention on numerous occasions (more than most other classmates). Given that she is also jealous of Marinette and has an inferiority complex, it's easy to deduce that she doesn't feel she is worthy of her and would rather tease and belittle her as an excuse to have her in her life. Pretty much the whole ending of Animaestro is Chloé flirting with Marinette and perhaps it wasn't Adrien that she was upset about seeing in a relationship in Cat Blanc, but Marinette.
  • How justified was her betraying the team to Hawk Moth? Was she justified on some level because she wanted to help save her parents and Ladybug pretty much only chose Kagami over her to get her away from Adrien (and, at the same time, proved to the audience that her earlier rationale for kicking Chloé off the team was a blatant lie by picking the only other team member whose identity was known to Hawk Moth)? Or was she not justified at all due to her constant Aesop Amnesia proving she wasn&#;t worthy of wielding a Miraculous at all and because Ryuko&#;s powerset was more needed at the time?
  • In "Stormy Weather 2" Chloé seems obsessed with being Queen Bee. Did she deliberately provoke Aurore in hopes of getting some superhero action?
    • From the same episode: during the flashback scenes showing both Chloé's good and bad actions, is Sabrina the one having the flashbacks, or Chloé? Given Sabrina doesn't appear in several scenes, Chloé might be the one remembering those. But the fact she's remembering scenes of her acting mean before Sabrina mentions her being Queen Bee makes you wonder: was Chloé remembering her mean moments out of guilt? Her being a bit upset and confused about why Ladybug isn't coming makes it seem as if she's denying her wrong actions, so she may be more aware of how terrible her attitude is than she shows. Her "once a villain, always a villain" comment might come off as her self-projecting her insecurities on Aurore at the moment.

    Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth 

  • Since it was revealed that Gabriel is Hawk Moth, there have been several fan reinterpretations of his character. If he knows Adrien is Cat Noir, then he can seem underhanded and manipulative, faking concern for his son and being aloof to injuring Cat Noir. The flipside is Gabriel knowing he's fighting against his son, but accepting the situation and believing Adrien will understand, since his "greatest wish" appears to be finding Adrien's mother. Of course, whether or not he actually does know or just suspects his son of being Cat Noir is up for debate.
    • "Gorizilla" confirms that he did suspect Adrien being Cat Noir after seeing his ring, though it wasn't much to go on. His plan for the episode is to confirm whether he really is Cat Noir, and Adrien successfully (and accidentally) throws him off at the end with a body double.
    • In "Frightingale", is it just a coincidence that Gabriel wanted Adrien to play Cat Noir or is Hawk Moth suspecting him again?
  • While his desire to resurrect his wife is genuine by all observations, we've never gotten a hint as to what exactly he'll wish for if/when he gets both Miraculouses. If he knows about the Equivalent Exchange nature of the wish and still has something resembling a conscience, he might just limit it to awakening her. But he's also shown to be a callous man and something of a megalomaniac, so he could just as easily wish for something like ultimate power to make sure his family will never be threatened again.
  • In "The Puppeteer 2", why didn&#;t he give Puppeteer the ability to control people through their statues like he gave her with the dolls? Was it because either his statue or Adrien&#;s statue was among them?

    Lila Rossi 

  • After "Volpina", the two most common fandom interpretations were that she was either a snobbish compulsive liar who'd do anything and everything to get Adrien and get in Marinette/Ladybug's way, or that she's a poor misunderstood girl who lied to make friends in a new school where everyone has a celebrity connection or two. It was eventually revealed to be the first interpretation, but there are a few fans who still try to pull the sympathetic interpretation, either by rewriting canon or pulling an extreme Draco in Leather Pants.
  • Is she simply a Hate SinkManipulative Bastard, or does she have some form of untreated mental illness? Her actions in the show point towards her potentially having mythomania (a compulsive tendency to exaggerate and/or tell lies; she even claims such in "Ladybug", though ironically it's unknown if she&#;s telling the truth), and she fits all the requirements needed to label her The Sociopath. Muddying the waters further, Lila mentions in "Chameleon" that she lies because she believes that people only want to hear what they want to hear (or something along those lines). Whether or not that's true or just an excuse to continue being a manipulator is unknown.
  • How many of her actions are justified by a Freudian Excuse (among others, fans have thrown out her constantly moving due to her parents' jobs or Ladybug publicly calling her out as potential ones)? Or do her actions greatly outweigh whatever excuse she has by this point?
  • How good of a manipulator is she, really? While she's presented In-Universe as easily holding everyone in her sway, several fans have noted that her lies could easily be disproved if every other character weren't holding the Idiot Ball.

    Alya Césaire/Rena Rouge 

  • Is she actually a good friend to Marinette, or does she only side with her when it's convenient? This is especially notable in episodes with Lila in them; does she have a point in brushing off Marinette's concerns, considering that Marinette's initial opinion of Lila was colored by her closeness to Adrien? Is she just a hypocrite (asking Marinette to verify her claims when she never verified Lila's) who'd turn on Marinette at the drop of a hat if it meant getting an in with someone more useful? Or is she just a victim of poor writing when it comes to episodes where Lila has a prominent role?
  • Is Alya really on board with Marinette's crush on Adrien? At first she seems to support it, but over the episodes she seems to be less and less sure of it. At times she makes petty jokes about it (that unintentionally come off as mean) and often expresses disapproval such as rolling her eyes whenever Marinette mentions it. In "Captain Hardrock", she even encourages Marinette to go after someone else.
    • It's possible that she was on board with it at first, however Marinette has shown very little progress in acting on her feelings and seems content to bumble through every interaction with Adrien, so it's likely she just got tired of supporting a relationship that was going nowhere and seemed somewhat unhealthy considering how obsessive Marinette acts in some episodes.
    • On the other hand, in some episodes she seems more obsessed with the idea than Marinette is, constantly pushing her into situations where she's alone with Adrien in the hopes that she'll finally confess even though Marinette protests. Does she think Marinette's exaggerating about how nervous she is and just needs a good push, or is she so into the idea of the relationship and so confident about her own feelings that she's oblivious to how scared Marinette actually is of confessing and possible rejection?

    Zoé Lee 

  • Is her declaration of love for her half-sister Chloé at the end of "Queen Banana" genuine or an act? She is trying to get Chloé to take the Magic Charm that will protect her from being akumatized again. She says the charm is from their mother, and that's a lie. She uses the exact words from her movie script that she has practiced saying with simulated emotions. Zoé seems genuinely nice, but she was pretending to be different to fit in with her classmates in New York. How much love does she really have for a sister she just met and who has treated her horribly?
    • Another possibility is that she was drawing on her feelings for her sister while acting out the scene and wanted to say those lines to her from the beginning.

    Kwamis and past Miraculous holders 

  • Is Marinette really Tikki's favourite, or is she pulling something similar to lying about Parental Favoritism in order to get the best possible ending? Remember that Tikki is as old as the universe and has fought with multiple famous war heroes over the years. If this is true, then this would balance out Tikki and Plagg's personalities a bit. While Plagg is bad at lying, Tikki excels at it.
    • That could be situational. For example, a good parent doesn't love their son more than their daughter, but while hanging out with either s/he probably won't think of the other. Relationships can't be neatly prioritized by the human heart; their 'ranking', if indeed a ranking exists, changes based upon time and necessity. All Ladybugs are chosen for different reasons and are "the best" in different, equal ways. Then again, Tikki isn&#;t human, and thus could be working on Blue-and-Orange Morality in regards to this.
    • As someone who knew Joan Of Arc and other famous war heroes in person, Tikki can offer a perspective history books can't. She probably helped every previous Ladybug with their insecurities the same way she does with Marinette.
  • Is Plagg an Anti-Mentor who is looking for an excuse not to use his overwhelming power on Adrien's excursions as Cat Noir, or is he feigning his laziness in a bit of Reverse Psychology as a Trickster Mentor, recognizing that a rebellious streak is what Adrien needs in order to grasp his true potential?
  • Since the Pied Piper was a previous Fox Miraculous holder, was Trixx Forced into Evil, or did he influence the Pied Piper into believing thatluring the children away from their homes was for the greater good? The latter seems more correct, as Trixx is a Guile Hero, after all. Also, foxes in general have been thought and believed to be evil throughout the history of several mythologies, such as the Kitsune.
  • The Mage may not be as good a person we were led to believe him to be, or just really bad at thinking things through.
    • Point 1: the existence of the Butterfly Miraculous. Empowering people for the greater good? Cool and good. Then you learn that the Butterfly Miraculous has the ability to mind-control and hurt people as a "fail-safe". Was that put in to reign in champions that tried to use their newfound powers for less than savory means, or for more sinister reasons?
    • Point 2: the Miraculous give the holders the ability to command their kwamis to do anything, whether they want to or not. Was this added to make it so the kwamis could be Forced into Evil, or simply to reign in more unruly, dangerous kwamis (considering the damage that Plagg has racked up in the past)?
    • Point 3: as revealed in the New York special, each Miraculous has a different activation phrase depending on whether the wielder is planning to use it for good or evil. If they were designed to be used purely for good, why would that be a thing?

    Other characters 

  • Fans have questioned whether or not Emilie Agreste was actually any better as a parent than Gabriel when she was around - after all, she was apparently around for Adrien's last several birthdays before "The Bubbler" while doing little to improve them, and Adrien only got the kind of freedom he wanted (i.e, going to public school) after she was gone and with just a little bit of pushing from Nathalie.
  • Is Audrey Bourgeois really in the wrong for abandoning Chloé? Torches and pitchforks aside, examine her situation - she wants to be a fashion designer in New York, but her husband wants her to stay in a country where she doesn't feel happy and she can't do what she loves. She doesn't have any obligation to be in a country where she doesn't want to be. And if she abandoned Chloé, it could have been because being a fashion designer requires a lot of time and energy (as any professional designer can tell you), and Audrey couldn't manage parenting and designing at once. Even if she could, no parent should be forced to take care of a child if they don't think they'll be a good influence on them, because that'll just lead to more issues (this doesn't excuse the way she treated Chloé in "Style Queen", though).
    • One wonders what actually led them to get married in the first place. Was one (or both) just using the other's status as a boost for themselves?
  • Chloé's father André. Is he abusive? In several episodes, he's shown to have a Manchild personality, and not only that, he selfishly demands his wife should stay in Paris with him, while showing no empathy or sympathy to the fact that it's making her unhappy. He disregards all of her feelings and expects her to cater to his. On the other hand, when Chloé threatens to tell Audrey that he didn't give her what she wanted, he was clearly afraid, implying that Audrey could be the abusive spouse.
    • André's tendency to spoil Chloé could be rooted in abandonment issues from his wife and a fear that Chloé might one day do the same.
  • Like Alya, the entire class turning on Marinette when she objects to Lila in "Chameleon" paints them in a very questionable light. The events of the episode effectively state that they won't take Marinette's word against Lila, when Marinette has repeatedly helped them out, is incredibly trustworthy, and the previous episode ended on a show of love and support for her, while Lila is just some girl they saw for one day and then vanished for weeks.
    • Near the end of "Chameleon", did the class return to their original seats because Lila and Marinette changed their's, or did they feel guilty for forcing Mari to the back earlier and figured her behavior towards Lila that day partially stemmed from this? Alya does tell a blatant lie to Mrs. Bustier to sit next to Marinette again and tells her she didn't want her sitting alone, while the rest of the class seem eager to go back to their old seats without any real reason. It should also be mentioned that Marinette appears to be back on good terms with her class afterwards, which might infer that they did work out that day's problem with each other; albeit off screen.
    • In the same episode, given how Marinette disappears after lunch only for Chameleon to show up at school later on, did Mari's class initially think she was the one Akumatized? Considering the school's history of Akumatizations along with their shocked faces after she leaves, it comes off like the class is worried about her and the worst case scenario happening.
  • Is Kagami an awful person for noticing Marinette likes Adrien and chastising her for not having the guts to say it while skating away with him? Or is this her way of genuinely trying to help through Tough Love by saying what Marinette needs to hear? OR is she mad at Marinette because she thinks she's the girl that Adrien likes that rejected him (Irony) and then came to the ice rink with another boy even though she obviously still has feelings for him; in other words, does she think Marinette is leading Adrien on?
    • The latter seems unlikely, since Adrien himself dismissed Marinette to Kagami as "just a friend". As of season 3's "Heart Hunter", it's clear that Kagami knows of Marinette's feelings for Adrien and feels badly for hurting her, but she chooses Adrien even if there are consequences for her and Marinette's new friendship. Marinette chooses the opposite and steps aside for Adrien and Kagami to be together, leaving her heartbroken.
  • In Ikari Gozen, did Kagami tried to befriend Marinette because she genuinely wanted pals, or was she trying to please Adrien by being in good terms with a close friend of him?
  • Is the Santa Claus that appeared in "Santa Claws" and "Chrismaster" the real deal, or is he just an ordinary man who dresses up as Santa and gets caught up in Ladybug and Cat Noir&#;s escapades?
  • Tom and Sabine, Marinette's parents. While no one can deny that they love their daughter and want the best for her, after the airings of "Weredad" and "Animaestro" some fans have wondered if Chloé wasn't the only reason Marinette grew up with self esteem issues. Despite being seemingly Good Parents, they don't provide any emotional support for Marinette after she gets "rejected" by Cat Noir, seem to reaffirmher negative feelings in "Animaestro" and in general make bad decisions due to lack of critical thinking.
  • In "Silencer", when the titular akumatized villain decides to force a confession out of Bob Roth instead of stealing his voice and falsely confess while pretending to be him, is it really because it'd mean more for Silencer or is it because Silencer figured out people who knew of his power would wise up to the trick or at least suspect something if they heard the confession without seeing it coming from Bob Roth's mouth?
  • In "Bakerix", was it really just Tom changing Rolland's traditional bread recipe, or was Sabine's race a factor in disowning his own son for 20 years?
  • In "Timetagger", when Cat Noir asks if he and Ladybug will become a couple in the future, is Bunnyx being evasive because of the answer itself or is she afraid answering the question will change history? Also, did Cat Noir break Bunnyx's Miraculous on purpose or was he intentionally preserving a Stable Time Loop?
    • Also from "Timetagger", the identity of the future Hawk Moth. Is it Lila, as hinted at the episode's end? Is it Chloé, given her actions at the end of season 3? Is it a completely new character? Is it Adrien's cousin, Félix? Or is it still Gabriel (with Timetagger refusing to obey present Hawk Moth simply because he's technically not his boss, future Gabriel is)?
  • Kagami's attempt to sketch Adrien's true self in "Lie". Was it an Innocently Insensitive dismissal of the fact that Adrien likes to joke around? Or a wayofreassuringhim that she loves him even when he is anxious and awkward, without either his father-imposed model persona or his clownish repression of all negative feelings as Cat Noir?
  • In "Truth", whenever the titular akuma tries to get Marinette's friends to tell him the secret she's hiding, they all say that it's that she's in love with Adrien. While this looks like typical love square shenanigans at first glance, it could also be interpreted as Marinette's friends employing some Loophole Abuse — none of them want to give out one of Marinette's more personal secrets, so they're taking advantage of the fact that Marinette's crush on Adrien is, technically, a secret (albeit an Open Secret and one that might not even apply to her at the moment, since she was dating Luka at the time).
  • Is Caline Bustier a good teacher who tries to encourage her students to stay positive no matter what in order to avoid attracting akumas and so that they'll become thoughtful people in the world? Or is she an extreme doormat teacher who has more concern for the bullies at the expense of the "Marinettes" of the classroom, leaving Marinette to step up when her teacher won't?
    • When Marinette's birthday gift to her is vandalized by Chloé, did Bustier do the right thing in dismissing the damage and say "now I'll think of both of you when I see this"? On the one hand, she might have been trying to offer Chloé love and acceptance in hopes of her becoming a better person. But on the other, she was completely dismissing Marinette's hard work as well as her very legitimate anger at her gift being vandalized. On the surface, it seems like Bustier is in the right - Chloé did apologize after all. But look closer: Chloé apologized to Bustier, but not to Marinette, who is the one Chloé actually hurt.
    • To put this into perspective: Bustier will send Marinette to the principal's office for exclaiming loudly during class. But she won't give Chloé any consequences at all for vandalizing Marinette's hard work.

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Heroes (Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Adrien Agreste, United HeroeZ) | Kwamis | School Characters | Villains (Hawk Moth, Chloé Bourgeois, Lila Rossi, Akumatized Villains &#; Season 1, Akumatized Villains &#; Season 2, Akumatized Villains &#; Season 3, Akumatized Villains &#; Season 4, Amokized Sentimonsters) | Assorted Civilians

Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir/Mister Bug/Aspik/Snake Noir

The Boy Who Can Destroy Anything

Akumatized form: Cat Blanc (Cat Noir)

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"Plagg, claws out!"

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Voiced by: Benjamin Bollen (FR), Bryce Papenbrook

"Being Cat Noir's awesome. I can finally do whatever I wanna do and say whatever comes to mind!"

A classmate of Marinette's, a boy who lives with his wealthy, distant father. Even at school, he's a bit aloof, although considerate. Adrien really opens up to his best bud, Nino. Adrien works part-time as a model, and is a Teen Idol in his own right. But he really comes into his own when he takes out his magical ring that turns him into the superhero Cat Noir. Cat Noir is quick with an insult, quicker with a pun, and as confident as - well, as the cat that got the cream. Cat Noir makes no secret of his big ol' crush on Ladybug; unfortunately for all parties, Adrien doesn't notice Marinette's humongous crush on him.


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  • Aesop Amnesia: After acting cold to Ladybug in "Glaciator" for seemingly playing with his feelings, he apologizes to her for his behavior, accepts her rejection, and is seemingly happy with their friendship. However, come "Frozer", he tries again with similar results.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • "Adrikins" from Chloé.
    • He's called "kitty" occasionally by Ladybug.
  • Alliterative Name: Adrien Agreste.
  • Always Save the Girl: If it's between himself and Ladybug, he will always sacrifice himself without hesitation. Especially in "Timebreaker," where he lets an Akumatized Alix tag him to save Ladybug (knowing it means he might disappear forever), and "Gamer " where the Akumatized Max forces Cat Noir and Ladybug to fight each other before they can fight him, and Cat Noir doesn't even hesitate to throw the match for her. Justified since Ladybug is the only one who can purify akumas and fix any damage caused during the fight, which would include his own sacrifice in most casesthough "Lies" does have her express exasperation at his consistent willingness to put all of the pressure on her shoulders.
  • Amazon Chaser:
    • As shown in the Origins Episode, Adrien's attraction to Ladybug is just as much her being a badass superheroine as it is her looks. He even lampshades it:

      Cat Noir: She's so stubborn! It's so irresistible!

    • While his actions tend to be mixed, there are hints he has an attraction to the strong-willed Marinette (who also happens to be the superheroine, Ladybug). The "Oblivio" episode sees both characters afflicted with amnesia while fighting its titular supervillain, and Adrien quickly goes to expressing admiration for Marinette's quick-thinking under pressure constantly as they go through the episode.
    • Adrien starts to have a modicum of attraction to talented fencer, Kagami in season 2.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: As Cat Noir, he wears two cat ear-shaped hairclips that sometimes move as though they were real cat ears. In "Mega Leech", a mini-Malediktator even somehow crawls into his brain via these cat ears.
  • Animal Eyes: When he transforms into Cat Noir, his pupils become vertically slit like a cat's. His sclera (the whites of his eyes) also turn green, mimicking a cat's huge irises.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing:
    • One of the very rare male cat heroes.
    • His aquatic version trades it for what appears to be triton or salamander motifs.
    • As Aspik, he has a snake motif.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: A male example. As "Cat Blanc" shows, if Adrien is not extracted very carefully from his abusive situation, his Psychoactive Powers might destroy the world when the Awful Truth about his family comes to light.
  • Ascended Fanboy: invokedHe's an anime fan who can actually transform into a hero.
  • As Himself: In-universe. He's the voice of Cat Noir in the 2D animated movie, and nobody is aware that Paris' favorite superhero is being played by the man himself.
  • Badass in Distress: Frequently requires rescuing by Ladybug due to being overpowered by the villain.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: He's a bad luck-themed hero with the power to corrode things. This doesn't stop him from using it for good.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Deconstructed. Adrien's friendship with Chloé is because of her being his sole friend growing up. However, this leads to him not calling her out on bratty behavior, in fear that the only friendship he's ever had will end. However, when she falsely calls the fire department, allows everyone else at school to get punished for it while abusing her father's influence to pull a Karma Houdini, and shows no remorse over it, Adrien's patience with her is finally pushed too far and he threatens to renounce their friendship. And even that threat doesn't keep working as when he asks her to apologize in "Queen Banana", Chloé gets so mad that she breaks off their friendship.
  • Beneath the Mask: Adrien is the "superhero as true self" variant of this trope. As Cat Noir, he's an adventurous, wisecracking Casanova Wannabe. As Adrien, he's a lonely child at the mercy of a neglectful father who forces him to maintain a somber, perfect reputation. Activating his Miraculous' disguise gives Cat the freedom to act in ways that he never could otherwise (although many of Adrien's insecurities definitely carry over), made obvious in the "Sandboy" episode which shows Adrien's worst nightmare is a cage constantly barring him in more and more, while Cat Noir's nightmare is Ladybug hating him and trying to kill him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Adrien is a very sweet and cordial young man. But, even he has his limits. For, he's not afraid to call out anyone, be it Chloé or Ladybug, for their questionable behavior. "Onichan" highlights best why you should never take advantage of his kindness. After Lila smugly worms her way through his private life and deliberately endangers his loved ones and heroic partner, Adrien is very upset with her and threatens to renounce her as a friend if she continues to hurt the people he loves.
    • Adrien is usually patient with Chloé, but even he has his limits with her bratty attitude. After she compromises the class' student film to make it her own power fantasy, she's furious that they would continue without her and dare to make her sister the lead actress. Adrien tells her that she needs to apologize for making the affair all about her again when it was never her's to begin with, reminding her about the promise to be nice unless she wanted to lose him as a friend. Unfortunately, she refuses to change and breaks off the friendship out of spite.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As Cat Noir, he is a wisecracking Pungeon Master who is usually the Butt-Monkey, but don't forget — he is the wielder of one of the two most powerful Miraculouses, and can corrode anything he touches to dust.
  • Big Man on Campus: Adrien is a very popular and kind character in school, loved by almost everyone.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Adrien has to deal with the titular akumatized villain on his birthday in "The Bubbler".
  • Body Horror:
    • In "Style Queen", when Adrien is turned into a golden statue by the titular Akuma, his body slowly crumbles into glitter dust.
    • In "Miraculer", after he is attacked by the titular Akuma as Cat Noir, it's implied that his ribs get slowly disintegrated by Miraculer's Cataclysm.
  • Boring, but Practical: While his Cataclysm is most often used in creative ways to turn the battle, it's also very effective at breaking akumatized objects (like Ikari Gozen's enormous metal sword or Frozer's skates) that can't be broken in other ways.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When he takes up the Ladybug Miraculous as Mister Bug, he borrows Ladybug's usual purification phrases.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Cat is seemingly gunning for the "Most Times Brainwashed by Villains" world record believed to be currently held by one Samantha Simpson. It happens less frequently in the recent seasons.
    • In the episode "Dark Cupid", he turns bad after being hit by one of the Dark Cupid's arrows. He is cured by The Power of Love via a kiss from Ladybug.
    • In "The Puppeteer", the Puppeteer manages to take control of him through his puppet.
    • In "Princess Fragrance", he falls victim to the villain's mind-control perfume.
    • In "Despair Bear", Cat Noir is briefly mind-controlled when the titular akuma grabs onto his leg.
    • In "Zombizou", he is the second-to-last member of the cast to fall under Zombizou's sway.
    • In "Malediktator", the titular akuma made Cat Noir think and act as a literal cat. That backfires on him hard, though.
    • Up To Eleven and above in "Cat Blanc", where he's akumatized in a Bad Future scenario, destroyed Paris, the moon and many others, Ladybug and Hawk Moth included.
  • Broken Ace: He's a popular model with a rich father, well-liked at school, speaks multiple languages, fences, plays basketball, and has tons of fangirls. As Cat Noir, he's loved by the people as a local superhero. However, this comes with a boatload of parental issues and a lonely upbringing.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The last name "Agreste" indicates he's of Italian descent.
  • Butt-Monkey: He tends to be the first one to get comically wounded, thrown around during fights, or subjected to Mind Control (ironically, more often as Cat Noir than as Adrien).
  • Bystander Effect: To Lila's lies. He is the only other person aside from Marinette who knows Lila is lying to everyone, but he refuses to call her out publicly and otherwise stands by as his classmates turn on Marinette and as she is expelled, only trying to speak up when Marinette directly prompts him to. While he does try to deal with the situation privately with Lila, Marinette has no idea of this and is largely left to deal with the social consequences of Lila's lies by herself (though she never blames Adrien for this).
  • Calling the Old Man Out: This is most explicitly shown in "Simon Says", where Adrien (as Cat Noir) calls out his father for not considering his own safety, his stubbornness, and thinking he's above everyone else. Later on, as Adrien, he snarks that there's a lot that Gabriel hasn't noticed about him, ring aside.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Downplayed. He (as Cat Noir) is quite open about his love for Ladybug, but she thinks his flirting is just for fun and he's not serious. He also doesn't push a relationship on her because he respects her wishes of keeping their relationship as professionals and friends.
  • Cat Boy: As Cat Noir, this is the overall theme of his appearance; he magically gains cat-like eyes, but the cat ears and tail are just hair clips and a belt (though they still move as though they were real).
  • The Champion: A Downplayed Trope. Cat Noir always places Ladybug's safety over his own, shielding her from harm even with his own body This doesn't mean he won't question her decisions if he disagrees with her.
  • Character Development: In the beginning, Adrien would only speak up sparingly against Chloé's mean actions because she was his Only Friend during the times he was homeschooled. Eventually, he stops making excuses for her and starts to actively reprimand her behavior. Incidentally, he starts to rebel against his father more often, albeit subtly.
  • Character Tics: Puts his hand behind his head when around his crush, Ladybug.
  • Chick Magnet: He has his fair share of admirers, more so in his civilian alter-ego.
    • Marinette has only eyes for Adrien, becoming easily jealous when another takes an interest in him. And she admits that if "Adrien" wasn't around, she would like Cat Noir.
    • Chloé can't stop flirting with him, even when he makes it clear he only likes her as a friend.
    • Lila was instantly smitten with Adrien and lied about being close with Ladybug and being from a family of superheroes just to get closer to him.
    • Downplayed, but Astruc confirmed that Alya thinks Cat Noir is cute.
    • Both Aurore and Mireille are fans of his and go ga-ga whenever they see him personally or a poster picture of him.
    • After "Riposte" and "Frozer", Kagami pretty much let the door open to him, saying she'll be there when Adrien notices he's going after the "wrong target".
  • Childhood Friend: Chloé was his only friend for years. This is why he initially doesn't call her out on her awfulness.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: As Cat Noir he has no qualms constantly flirting with Ladybug, but always stops when she reminds him of the task at hand. Cat Noir adopts a similar persona with other ladies as well (if less love-declaring) which comes back to bite him in "Rocketear" when Nino gets fears that Cat Noir is not chivalrous and may be causing Alya to be unfaithful.
  • Clark Kenting: Not as overt as Ladybug, given his transformation includes bright green sclerae but apart from that, it's really just slightly lighter hair in a slightly different style with a Domino Mask.
    • To his credit, he is much better at pulling off being a different person entirely than Marinette. Whereas Ladybug is often stuck trying to explain knowledge she can't possibly have, Cat Noir merely pretends not to know similar knowledge.
  • Color Character: Called "Chat Noir" (lit. Black Cat) in the French dub, and his costume is of a black cat.
  • Color Motifs:
    • Black — His main color scheme as Cat Noir and the color can represent power and beauty.
    • Green — His second primary color scheme (present in his transformation energy and the lights on his ring) due to his natural green eyes, that are more pronounced as Cat Noir.
  • The Conscience: He is always there to interrupt Ladybug whenever she goes too far towards the vigilante/selfish/obsessive side of things. Which isn't to say he's always right- sometimes she's angry for a damn good reason- but on balance, his presence makes her a much better superhero.
  • Covert Pervert: Not as Cat Noir, who's open about his interests in Ladybug (i.e., like seeing her in a bikini while grinning flirtatiously, trying to lean in for a kiss, being visibly and vocally excited over there being two Ladybugs, etc.), but as Adrien he keeps his thoughts to himself, making him this.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. While Cat Noir doesn't mind Ladybug hanging around other guys, he doesn't like it when they express interest in her. One particular Villain of the Week was the result of him lying about his relationship with Ladybug out of jealousy.
  • Cultured Badass: He can speak fluent Chinese, fencing is one of his hobbies, and he's a secret superhero.
  • Dance Battler: Like Ladybug, he doesn't stay still in combat. However, he is more prone to act more animalistic; running on all fours at times.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears dark clothing in civvie and alter ego forms, but is on Ladybug's side. He also has a set of powers that would normally lend themselves towards being a villain, but fights for good.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Adrien's skin tone has a slight natural tan. It's most noticeable against Cat Noir's black catsuit.
  • Destructive Saviour: Since his miraculous is imbued with the power of destruction, he is capable of causing mass devastation. Unlike most examples, this is often weaponized against the villains they are fighting because Ladybug's power of creation is capable of repairing whatever damage he causes.
  • Determinator: Best exemplified in "Desperada", where he (as Aspik) tries to save Ladybug's life 25, times (which, assuming he went close to the five-minute time limit each time, means he was in the loop for roughly 89 days) before giving up.
  • Deuteragonist: To Ladybug's Protagonist.
  • Didn't Think This Through: As Cat Noir, he has a tendency to jump into action without a plan first. This rarely ends well for him.
  • Disney Death: Happens to him twice.
    • In "Timebreaker", after protecting Ladybug from Timebreaker, he becomes one of her victims and gets his energy taken, causing him to fade away from existence. Luckily, after Timebreaker and Ladybug went back to the past, all of them including him are back.
    • In "Gamer ", he performs a Heroic Suicide by voluntarily falling off the arena to allow Ladybug to continue, basically disappearing from existence until the Lucky Charm fixes everything.
  • Distressed Dude: Has been captured and tied up a number of times in the first season.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Despite Ladybug's continued rejection he continues to hope that she'll "fall for [him] one day".
  • Dork Knight: He's a studious, kind-hearted, sweetAce who genuinely cares about others and literallyJumped at the Call. He's also a dorky, punnycat-boy, who despite being polite and pretty friendly, started the series as a homeschooled kid who had difficulty relating to his peers. He got better after Character Development kicked in.
  • Dual Wielding: His staff can split in two if needed.
  • Dub Name Change: In the original French version, he is known as "Chat Noir", which is French for "black cat". Most dubs translate his name totally or partially ("Cat Noir" in the English version; "Black Cat" in the Korean version).
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Implied in Syren when Ladybug and Plagg didn't explain why they were keeping secrets from him. Also, some people, Ladybug frequently included, treat Cat as the number 2 and assistant of the duo. As Adrien, he's constantly humbled (physically and verbally) by Kagami on fencing, despite they have the same level in ability.
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. Adrien is described as quite smart, as he gets good grades in school (his lowest grade being an A-), but is lacking in a few social cues and has tendency to be impulsive on missions as Cat Noir, letting the plans and strategies to Ladybug. His naivety about the people's characters doesn't make him any favor too.
    • To exemplify, during their "Freaky Friday" Flip, as Mister Bug, Adrien can't even find a way to use his lucky charm item efficiently, since he isn't used to think about his actions in field.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: He has an obsessive fanboy, Wayhem, who constantly chases him.
  • Expressive Accessory: The ears and tail of his Cat Noir costume are nothing but hair clips and a belt, but they sometimes move like an actual cat ears and tail, reflecting his mood.
  • Expy: With Ladybug being an obvious Spider-Man Send-Up, Adrien bears noticeable resemblances to some of Spidey's most prominent supporting characters - he's the protagonist's blond-haired Love Interest like Gwen Stacy, his super identity calls to mind Black Cat, and he's the son of the Big Bad, echoing Harry Osborn's relationship to the Green Goblin (bonus points for both characters having Missing Moms named Emily/Emilie).
  • Expy Coexistence: Adrien was made to replace the original concept character for Cat Noir, Félix, who was a more brooding and moodier boy. However, Félix ended up being introduced in Season 3 as Adrien's cousin.
  • Extreme Doormat: Downplayed. His fear of loneliness is such that (before Character Development kicks in) he won't assert himself socially.
  • Extremely Protective Child: In "Simon Says", when the titular akumatized villain goes after his father, Adrien drops his usual cavalier attitude as Cat Noir, fiercely attacks against the akuma's hypnotized cronies, and yells at his stubborn father to listen to someone else for once and get to safety.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs:
    • Word of God has explicitly compared Adrien to Snow White, with his father as the Evil Queen, Nathalie as the Huntsman, and Marinette/Ladybug as his "Prince."
    • He also has a lot in common with Disney's Rapunzel, with his blond hair, green eyes, and very restrictive (almost prison-like) home life with an overprotective yet absent parent whom he doesn't yet realize is the villain of his story.
    • "Style Queen Part 1" makes it more explicit; Style Queen turns Adrien to gold and lay him out on a coffin-like bed with a rose in his mouth for Ladybug to find, resembling the iconic image from Disney's Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.
  • False Flag Operation: In "Gorizilla", Adrien manages to pull a similar trick to Gabriel's plan in "The Collector", with Wayhem's help. Gabriel comes dangerously close to discovering that Adrien and Cat Noir are nearly one and the same, only to fail due to Adrien's quick thinking and his own morality. Likewise, Adrien trusts Ladybug enough to throw himself off the top of a skyscraper because she asked, trusting that she'll save him without him having to reveal his identity.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: In the English dub, Ladybug notes that he has his mother's eyes.
  • Fashion Model: He models for his father's fashion company.
  • Flexing Those Non-Biceps: As Cat Noir, he tries to show off his non-existent musculature to Marinette and Lady Wifi. They are not impressed.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. He usually presents red roses to Ladybug as a symbol of his love.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Although he is not the trope, his Cataclysm power evokes the imagery of the "untouchable beauty" and whoever he dates, his father intends to always be controlling him.
  • Friendless Background: He states that before he started going to Marinette's school, he didn't have any friends (though he has known Chloé for a while).
  • Fun Personified: Cat Noir comes across as this to Ladybug so successfully that she's surprised every time he "breaks character".

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  • Genre Savvy: He believes that a beautiful girl falling out of the sky and fighting supervillains alongside him is the universe's way of telling him she's his soulmate. He's not wrong.
  • Gilded Cage: He felt this way about his life before he became Cat Noir, going so far as to run off so he could meet other kids.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil:
    • Downplayed. He believes strongly that most people can be reasoned with and met on diplomatic grounds. Sometimes this works, and the person is genuinely misguided (for example, Marinette). Other times, he grievously overestimates people's capacity to change (Chloé and Lila, for example).
    • Averted with supervillains. The one time Hawk Moth tries to "reason" with the heroes he isn't having any of it, while Ladybug does briefly try to hear him out. Likewise, once he gets a good look at just how genuinely malicious Lila can be, he became much more hostile and untrusting to her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He is blond and extremely kindhearted.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: While Adrien is already attractive in both his civilian and Cat Noir outfits, his attractiveness becomes more dashing when he wears his black suit.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Cat Noir's outfit is essentially a leather catsuit (no pun intended).
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Zigzagged. Adrien takes fencing classes and is talented in it, but doesn't use a sword weapon in battle. However, he does incorporate his fencing skills into combat.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • In "Cat Blanc", after finding out that his mother is comatose and that Hawk Moth is his father all along, he becomes incredibly furious, hurt and devastated about these revelations, and gets akumatized as a consequence. As Cat Blanc, he manages to resist Hawk Moth's control for a moment, but unfortunately, the trauma becomes so great it overloads his Cataclysm, reducing Paris into a flooded wasteland and all the citizens (Ladybug and Hawk Moth included) are turned into lifeless statues. After that, he still remains in his akumatized self all alone in the ruins of Paris, suffering from severe mental instability because of his despair, pain and guilt for his actions. Fortunately, he gets better thanks to the past Ladybug.
    • In "Miraculous New York", Cat Noir accidentally uses Cataclysm on Uncanny Valley and kills her. Luckily, she gets better thanks to Ladybug's power, but he is still completely devastated and even temporarily gives up his Miraculous.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is Nino's best friend. They enjoy hanging out with each other, and they sit together in class. This is to the point that Nino actually goes to Adrien's father in hopes of getting him to allow Adrien a birthday party, and becoming visibly upset when he fails. Keep in mind that Nino is usually pretty laid back.
  • Homeschooled Kids: He only began attending middle school at the start of the current school year, and initially has trouble making new friends because of his association with Chloé; not helped by the fact that other episodes (eg. "Reflekta") imply that the kids in that collège have known each other for years. And unlike the stereotypical example of being socially awkward, Adrien is pretty friendly, if a bit reserved. However, the Origins episodes reveal that he clearly didn't know how to act around kids his age and had difficulty understanding how classroom etiquette worked.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Drops this line in "Reflekdoll" when he gets to purify an akuma as Mister Bug.
  • Iconic Outfit: Adrien's black catsuit he wears as Cat Noir.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Adrien is Locked Out of the Loop about many secrets in the show, mainly Ladybug's and Hawk Moth's identities. Adrien's main and only secret is about his role as Cat Noir. Ironically, the fact Gabriel doesn't know that his son is secretly one of his big enemies it's the only thing keeping Adrien safe, even if he doesn't know that. Hawk Moth/Shadow Moth generally makes sure Adrien is out of physical danger when sending villains, which was beneficial to Adrien more than once, except when he's the villain's goal.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: As Cat Noir, he is playful, emotionally expressive, and bold to a faultbecause he's overcompensating for the stress of his normal life, in which he can't be any of those things.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: His loneliness is rooted in his mysterious Missing Mom, emotionally distant father, lack of friends during his childhood sans one, and being homeschooled for most of his life. Word of God also stated that the bell on Cat Noir's suit is a reference to a domestic kitten, conveying his inner desire for a loving home.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Adrien dreams of making friends at school, even though he doesn't get off to a good start with his classmates due to his friendship with Chloé.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Cat Noir does this when he first meets Ladybug, setting up his flirty gentleman persona. He later does the same for Marinette (not realizing they're the same person), Rena Rouge (not realizing she's his friend Alya), and Vesperia (not realizing she's Zoé). Still because of this gentleman persona, he tends also to curtsy to Ladybug, and to Marinette in Oblivio.
  • Innate Night Vision: He gains night vision when he transforms into Cat Noir. Which makes sense, as most cats have better night vision than day vision, and are known for being able to see in the dark comparatively well relative to humans.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: Cat Noir's staff can work like that to keep him in the air for a few seconds or ensure a safe landing.
  • Ironic Name: Adrien's surname, Agreste, means "rustic," which in no way describes his wealthy lifestyle.
  • Jumped at the Call: Is so eager to become a superhero that he transforms into Cat Noir for the first time before he had learned how his powers work.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: He's in the receiver part, actually hating when people keep hiding secrets from him, specially Ladybug and Gabriel.
  • Keet: As Cat Noir, he has boundless energy and optimism, as well as a very fun-loving jokester personality.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Downplayed. The creators mention that the reason it's hard to akumatize Adrien is because he's used to disappointment.
  • The Lancer: To Marinette/Ladybug. His sheltered upbringing by distant parents (primarily his father) contrasts Marinette's friendless, but relatively free childhood by loving and fair parents. As civilians, he's quiet and reserved unlike Marinette's energetic and friendly nature; as superheroes, their roles switch to a degree with Cat Noir having a cocky and playful demeanor to Ladybug's straightforward and professional attitude. Also, either as Adrien or Cat Noir, he's not afraid to call out Ladybug when she does something he doesn't agree with. As for their Miraculouses, they are owners of the two most powerful, but he tends to follow her lead in battle.
  • Large Ham: As Cat Noir, he's a lot more flamboyant and chatty. He also makes the occasional cat pun.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Whenever a new Villain of the Week shows up, Cat Noir doesn't waste any time in jumping into battle, which usually backfires.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • According to Gabriel, Emilie was stubborn and headstrong when it came to other people's safety, similarly to Adrien.
    • Like his father, Adrien is a popular Paris citizen thanks to fashion (Gabriel being a designer, Adrien a model), but both tend to have a Sugar-and-Ice Personality (although, Adrien is more sugar while Gabriel leans more to ice). Both become more flamboyant, emotional, punny in their Miraculous alter-egos. On a darker note, both also have a selfish kind of love — Gabriel micromanaging his son's life to keep him from danger and endangering citizens to bring his wife back; Adrien, while nowhere near his father's level, initially has trouble accepting Ladybug's rejection. However, both Agrestes are strongly and fiercely dedicated to their beloved ones.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Like Marinette, he always wears the same outfit. It consists of a white button-down shirt with an upturned collar, a black shirt with five horizontal stripes around the chest which are colored (from top to bottom — yellow, olive green, bright green, dark green, and periwinkle), blue jeans, orange sneakers with white laces and a logo of a black butterfly in a circle on the sides, and his Miraculous ring.
  • Little Bit Beastly: As Cat Noir, his eyes are shaped to resemble a cat's.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • Adrien is this to his father, and it's justified given that Adrien's mother (who is implied to be this to Gabriel as well) mysteriously disappeared and Gabriel is obviously afraid of something coming to harm his only child. This is also deconstructed given that Gabriel's way of keeping Adrien safe is to be a complete Control Freak over his son's life, and the situation was even worse in the Origins episodes.
    • Occasionally, Cat Noir is this to Ladybug. In moments where she's entering a Heroic BSoD, he encourages her to not give up. In her moments of self-doubt, Ladybug remembers Cat Noir is always there for her. Specially highlighted in the New York special, when a sequence of bad events made him resign his powers. Marinette is unwilling to be Ladybug anymore if he isn't around.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • He doesn't know his father is Hawk Moth, and Gabriel has only once come close to revealing it.
    • Unlike Ladybug, he is unaware of the significance of the Miraculous book his father has, and for the first half season 2, isn't aware of Master Fu or the identities of the other heroes. By "Syren", he is so fed up with Ladybug's secrets, he first tries to bribe and then outright threatens Plagg into telling him. Ladybug convinces Master Fu to let him into the loop. Even after this, he only has limited knowledge of the identities of the other heroes, mainly those he was directly present for when Ladybug recruited them. Ironically, being out of the loop, though, makes Adrien more safe than Marinette and her many secrets, since Hawk Moth knows his knowledge is limited.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He's quite popular at school, but his home life is horrible: his father is extremely strict and distant, his mother is nowhere to be found (to be more exact, went missing according to Adrien's webisode), and Nathalie, his father's assistant and the person Adrien interacts the most with while he's at home, is also quite cold.
  • Lovable Jock: He fences and plays basketball, but is a Nice Guy.
  • Love at First Sight: Didn't happen, but due to mask-related misunderstandings and Adrien's love of romantic clichés, he thinks it did. Astruc explicitly compares him to a Disney princess.
  • Love Epiphany: Adrien fell for Ladybug while they were dealing with Stoneheart. They successfully defeated him, but Ladybug forgot to purify the akuma, causing more Stonehearts to appear. When she went to take care of the problem, Hawk Moth attempted to break her spirit, but she stayed strong, telling him point-blank she's not afraid of him and he will be defeated. And after she performed a spectacular display of saving Ivan and Mylène, he fell for her right then and there.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Adrien readily agreed to wield the Snake Miraculous for a chance to impress Ladybug, even though he already has a Miraculous and would be more useful as Cat Noir. Happens regularly as Cat Noir, since being busy wooing with Ladybug makes Cat more vulnerable to attacks.

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  • Major Injury Underreaction: While Miraculer hitting him with a Cataclysm does send him reeling, he doesn't seem all that fussed about it otherwise, brushing off Ladybug's concern with an almost-nonchalant "I just got Cataclysmed in the ribs.". The way he phrases it makes it sound like he just skinned his knee. Downplayed in the sense that getting hit with it makes a struggle for him to even move properly.
  • Make Them Rot: His Cataclysm technique causes whatever he touches to decay. Being a hero, this is used on non-living things only, although he does ponder what would happen while Brainwashed and Crazy in "Dark Cupid".
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Plenty of Adrien's interactions with Marinette are firmly in Ship Tease territory, yet he has insisted that Marinette is Just Friends. Cat Noir actually inverts the trope by being overly-romantic towards Ladybug, but having such a jokey, over the top, and overly flirtatious personality means that Ladybug doesn't take his advancements seriously. When she finally does realize his sincerity, she gently but firmly turns him down due to her crush on Adrien (who is actually him), and he responds by going on a date with Kagami (after asking Marinette for advice, inadvertently setting her up for hope before breaking her heart) but shows more concern for Marinette during their double date. And then in the end he continues to pursue his feelings for Ladybug.
  • Meaningful Look: He likes to gaze fondly at Marinette while she does something cute.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Chat Noir, which is French for black cat, has bad luck based powers.
    • "Adrien" is the French form of the name Adrian, which can mean "the dark one".
  • Momma's Boy: Implied. Adrien mentioned his father was always stiff and cold even before his mother's disappearance, but any time Adrien is thinking about his mother, it's with fondness and love. This may mean that Adrien had a closer relationship with his mother than his father.
  • Morality Pet: Adrien was this to some extent to Chloé until "Queen Banana". He is the only person who she is never — at least intentionally — mean to.
  • More Hero Than Thou: Ladybug's life takes priority over his own. There is no doubt in Adrien's mind about this. Which is semi-justified, because she's the only one whose magic includes a Reset Button, but probably also stems from his own self-hatred.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Adrien is very cute, and so is Cat Noir (adding in a skin-tight leather catsuit). As a model, there are plenty of pictures of him looking cute. Take up a notch in Mr. Pigeon 72 where he's finally shown shirtless for the first time in the show.
  • Never My Fault: Averted. Adrien admits to his mistake of not stopping the Bubbler sooner and, while he doesn't confess to being the one responsible for the akumatization of Théo into Copycat, does recognize his hand in it.
  • Nice Guy: Adrien is very friendly and helpful towards everyone, especially his friends.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed. Adrien is aware of social etiquette, but as the Origin episodes showed, he didn't know how to act around other kids his age, since his Only Friend for most of his life was Chloé. As Cat, it becomes more noticeable as the newfound freedom tends to cause him say whatever he's thinking without taking into account how it's making others feel like with his flirting with Ladybug.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Adrien has problems dealing with Ladybug rejecting his advances, becoming cold whenever she rebuffs him. The season three finale and "Miraculous New York" imply he overcomes this flaw.
  • Not the Intended Use: His Cataclysm makes his right hand destroy the next thing it touches - because his right hand is also the hand where he wears his Miraculous ring, he's occasionally activated Cataclysm (or even threatened to) just to prevent his enemies from trying to take hold of his ring.
  • Omniglot: Reveals in "Robostus" that he can speak many languages. Such as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, English, French and Morse code.
  • Oblivious to Love: Infamously, he misses every indication of Marinette's massive crush on him. In "Stormy Weather 2", it's hinted that Adrien is close to figuring it out, but is held back from fully believing it by his low self-esteem and his social cluelessness leading him to believe Marinette's constant denials.
  • One Head Taller: Adrien is a head taller than Marinette.
  • One-Hit Kill: As Cat Noir, his Cataclysm can cause something to instantly rot and destroy. Subverted when Miraculer steals this power and uses it on him, it just causes immense pain all over his body, but otherwise he's left unharmed.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • He's normally a pretty chill Pungeon Master, but put his father in danger and he reboots into seek-and-destroy mode. Notable examples include "Simon Says", who targets his father after a snub, and "The Collector", who is his father.
    • He usually does his Handshake Substitute with Ladybug as Cat Noir after they defeat an akuma, but whenever he doesn't do it, it's because he's genuinely worried about something else. Either the thought of Ladybug dead ("Animan"), because he doesn't agree with her attitude ("Antibug"), his father being deakumatized ("The Collector"), and when he realized how malicious Lila is as she keep lying to the others and also manipulated Kagami as Oni-chan to kill Ladybug ("Oni-chan").
    • "Glaciator" shows that by interactions with both his crush's identities: While Marinette witnesses a Cat Noir more kind and heartbroken because his lady didn't appear to see the surprise he prepared, Ladybug is stunned by his initial bitter behavior for the same reason.
    • Frustrated by Ladybug's secrets in "Syren", Adrien threatens to throw away his ring if Plagg doesn't spill. Given how much he loves the freedom that being Cat Noir allows him, this shows a lot.
    • In "Frozer", he's bitter again after Ladybug's second rejection and tries to keep the things in a professional level. He even suggests the best way to deal with a villain whose powers they don't know entirely is wait and observe that coming from the guy who's usually jumping into the action without a second thought. It's implied that the only reason he suggests this is because it goes directly against Ladybug's plan.
  • Opposites Theme Naming: His name means "the dark one", which contrasts with his friend and (unbeknownst to him) romantic rival Luka, whose name means "light".
  • Overly Long Name: "Cat Blanc" reveals that Adrien has five middle names.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Downplayed. Adrien's Cat Noir disguise gives him a likewise small mask, but also significantly changes his hairstyle and transforms his eyes into green cat ones, making it much harder for someone to guess his true identity. Lampshaded by Alya more than once, who points out that if you put Adrien in a black suit, mask, and cat ears, he looks kind of similar to Cat Noir. Marinette, who likes Adrien but not Cat Noir, denies the resemblance.
  • Parental Title Characterization: In the French dub, he addresses his father using the formal form of "you", which is normally used for strangers, and in the English dub, he consistently uses "father" instead of the more informal "dad". This shows just how distant the two are.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His space-mode give him a pair of neon-green bat wings.
  • Pretty Boy: Adrien is very slender with fine facial features. He's even a model!
  • Prophetic Names: Adrien means "The dark one," yet there's nothing dark about him as a green-eyed, Hair of Gold, Heart of GoldPretty Boy, unless one takes into account his troubled home life (which the webisodes confirm happened recently, after his mom disappeared) or his stint as Cat Noir, which his parents very much couldn't have known when he was born.
  • Pungeon Master: In the English and French version, he's fond of injecting (mainly) cat puns in his dialogue as Cat Noir. Unfortunately, they're pretty terrible. This might be because he doesn't exactly have a lot of practice telling jokes, as his father and father's assistant are distant, and he has few friends. Besides which, he doesn't exactly have a very large span of time to practice, what with spending maybe 15 minutes as Cat Noir a day, and making maybe 5 puns during that time. Of course, he might be making the puns bad on purpose around the villains to rile them up too, which likely doesn't help.
  • Rare Male Example: Of both a Cat Girland a Magical Girl Warrior.
  • Reality Bleed: His largest-scale Cataclysm-usage? Destroying an entire Prison Dimension to free all of the Victims of the Week in "Pixelator".
  • Rejection Affection: Cat Noir continues to pursue Ladybug despite her repeatedly rejecting him because she's in love with another guywho is his secret identity.
  • Relative Button:
    • Hurting Ladybug in any way. In &#;Animan&#;, he&#;s ready to tear the akumatized villain to shreds when he thinks he killed her. In &#;Oni-Chan&#;, he furiously demands a civilian to teleport the titular villain to his location so she can protect Ladybug.
    • Taking advantage of/hurting his loved ones. Adrien is pretty lenient to people hurting him personally, so long as it doesn&#;t harm the people he cares about. As Lila finds out, between getting Nathalie and the Gorilla in trouble with his father, manipulating events to deliberately hurt Kagami, working with multiple villains to kill Ladybug, and framing Marinette to expel her from school out of spite, she pisses Adrien off to the point that he wants nothing to do with her, and threatens to leave their &#;friendship&#; for all of her remorseless tactics.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • In "Lady Wifi", he makes several flirtatious remarks which (unbeknownst to him) are actually entirely true — if only because he's in a romance story.

      "Without this mask, you wouldn't be able to resist me."
      "You think we might know each other in real life?"

    • In "Dark Cupid", he assumed the unsigned letter he received came from Ladybug because a ladybug landed on it while he read it. It actually came from Marinette, who is course secretly Ladybug.
  • Running on All Fours: He is based on a cat, after all.

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  • Save Scumming: As Aspik and Snake Noir, he possessed the ability to rewind time by up to five minutes after a specific point, keeping his memories of what he'd done the other times.
  • Second Super-Identity: In "Desperada", Adrien briefly wields the Snake Miraculous and becomes Aspik (hiding the fact that he's Cat Noir). He eventually gives up and suggests that Luka take his place.
  • Secret Identity Identity: Supplementary material, as well as evidence in the show itself, indicates that Adrien views Cat Noir as his true self. That being said, the case is less severe than certain other examples of this trope; Cat Noir isn't so much a different person from Adrien Agreste, as he is Adrien with less of a verbal filter (manifesting in both positive and negative ways) and less need to live up to Gabriel's crushing expectations. The difference comes down more to Adrien's self-confidence issues than being Lost in Character.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • As Adrien, he is the one who suggests Luka wield the Snake Miraculous and is aware of his identity as Viperion. Nino also outs himself as Carapace and Alya as Rena Rouge to him in a jealous rage after mistakenly concluding that she's cheating on him with Cat Noir.He has to play dumb as Cat Noir, though.
    • As Cat Noir, he is aware of Marinette's identity as Multimouse (as a ploy on her part to prevent him from finding out she's also Ladybug). He is also aware of Max's identity as Pegasus and Rose's identity as Pigella (due to being present when Ladybug presents them their Miraculouses), and logically he should also be aware that Ryuko is Kagami (since Ryuko came out of the place where Kagami was trapped, and called the fight with Ikari Gozen to be "between a daughter and a mother").
  • Sexy Cat Person: A cat-themed hero who is hot enough to be a male model and very flirtatious.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Adrien was born into a wealthy family, but due to his father's overprotectiveness, Adrien wasn't allowed to go to public school until recently.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Adrien was all for helping Nino get together with Marinette.
    • In "Félix", Adrien mistakenly believes that his father and Nathalie are romantically involved, and he's more than okay with it, since he already considers her part of the family.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Zigzagged. He never seriously considered anyone who wasn't Ladybug until Kagami. But he start again to target Ladybug right after breaking-up with Kagami.
  • Skewed Priorities: During "Dark Cupid", he's more focused on confessing to Ladybug than fighting the villain.
    • In "Oblivio", he can be seen during the fight with the titular akuma laying behind Ladybug, flirting and insisting they are a couple, instead of helping her fight the battle.
  • Small Steps Hero: Adrien is the type of person who tries to do immediate good without thinking of future consequences.
    • Choosing to help Master Fu in "Origins Part 1" nearly costs him his chance to go to school.
    • Many times Cat Noir chose protecting the civilians instead of fighting the akuma, which resulted in him losing his weapon or getting captured. However considering what would have happened if he hadn't, this is a good thing.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Cat Noir's weapon of choice is a retractable staff, so of course he does a lot of spinning with it to deflect attacks coming from the Villain of the Week.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In contrast to Marinette's Complexity Addiction, Adrien will generally take simpler approaches, as himself or as Cat Noir. He's generally more thoughtful as himself, though. By simple logic, he's correctly deduced Marinette is Ladybug at least twice, before she came up with some zany scheme to mislead him.
  • Stepford Smiler: Adrien is affable on the surface, but feels very restricted in his everyday life. Therefore when he's Cat Noir, he can freely do and say what he wants since his Dad can't hassle him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to pictures shown in "Simon Says," Adrien is the spitting image of his mother, which is proven when a picture of the two together is seen. The less noticeable traits he inherited from his father are skin complexion and eye shape.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Due to his strict upbringing, Adrien is obedient, serious, and slightly reserved. He's still a sweet person and shows a more relaxed side to those he's close to. His "sugar" side becomes more apparent as Cat Noir — becoming an energetic, cocky Casanova Wannabe with a habit of making terrible puns.
  • Super Senses: His cat ears enhance his hearing, enabling him to detect enemies from afar.
  • Taking the Bullet: Has taken five akuma curses meant for Ladybug: from Timebreaker, Dark Cupid, Reflekta (after he had already been hit), Zombizou, and Chameleon.
  • Tareme Eyes: Much like Marinette, they represent his innocent and Nice Guy personality.
  • Teen Idol: He's a popular model.
  • Telescoping Staff: His primary weapon is a staff which can extend to seemingly any length.
  • Time Rewind Mechanic: As Aspik, he had the ability "Second Chance", allowing him to rewind time by up to five minutes to the point where he invoked the power, and keep his memories in the process.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: As Adrien, he has a less than warm domestic life, and as Cat Noir, he fails to woo the girl of his dreams AND he's a notorious butt-monkey. But some episodes give him a break, like having bonding time with his father and friends or managing to kiss Ladybug (even if he doesn't remember both times that happened). Add to that the fact he has at least two episodes per season that give more focus to him than to the title heroine.
  • Touch of Death: His Cataclysm power would be this if used against a living target. Fortunately for the show's rating, he doesn't use his power in that way, at least while in his right mind.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Both Marinette and Chloé note that he likes passionfruit.
  • Transformation Trinket: Cat Noir's ring.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Ladybug", he calmly talks with Lila about her getting Marinette expelled from school and he gives an ultimatum: make up a new lie to get Marinette back in school, or he cuts her off for good. Even he calling her a "friend" sounds more as a threat!
  • Troubled, but Cute: Downplayed. While Adrien is a Pretty BoyChick Magnet with a genuine kindheart, he also a troubling relationship with his father, a Missing Mom (with the implication he was closer to her), self-esteem issues, and problems in regards to his relationship with Ladybug.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He and his cousin Félix look almost exactly alike, aside from their hairstyles and outfits. Félix, simply by changing his clothes and hair, manages to look exactly like Adrien.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's sacrificed himself for Ladybug several times so she wouldn't get hit.
  • The Unfavorite: Justified. Cat Noir felt himself out of the loop with so many secrets in some point, since Fu clearly favors Ladybug. However, Fu is training her as his successor, what explains the treatment, added to the fact Adrien is less accessible. Even more now, with Alya knowing Marinette's secret and being her confident in both her identities. Starting on season 4, Adrien starts to question his role to the team and to Ladybug after she became the new guardian and keep even more secrets from him. It doesn&#;t help by the fact that by the time of &#;Rocketear&#;, after being brought into the loop by Nino, Adrien dejectedly mumbles that the "our identities must remain a secret" rule apparently applies only to him and Ladybug. Plagg agrees with him, but reminds him that since Ladybug is the Guardian, she makes the rules now.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • His decision to run away from home is the indirect cause of Santa Claus being akumatized during the Christmas Episode, as it leads Ladybug to assume the helpful Santa has kidnapped him.
    • In "Timetagger", a villain named "Monsieur Rat" is named as a member of Ladybug and Cat Noir's future Rogues Gallery. At the end of the episode, after defeating Mr. Pigeon for the umpteenth time, Cat suggests that Mr. Ramier find a different animal to obsess over so that he doesn't get akumatized so often. After he leaves, Ramier spots a rat
    • When he tells Marinette to not expose Lila's lies, he has no idea how maliciousLila really is, while Marinette knows. But because she loves Adrien, she listens to him, and Lila is almost successful in getting Marinette - Ladybug - Akumatized. It's notable that while he admonishes Lila later in private for hurting the people he cares about, he still doesn't call her out publicly, nor back up Marinette to their peers or teachers about Lila framing her, nor tell Ladybug that he realized Lila was trying to get her killed via Oni-chan. By effectively being a bystander to her lies, he leaves the door open for Lila's evil to triumph.
  • Uptown Guy: Downplayed. While Adrien may have been born into a significantly wealthier family, Marinette isn't poor whatsoever, just from a middle-class family.
  • Weapon of Choice: His staff.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In one of his webisodes, Adrien admits that he doesn't particularly enjoy modelling, but does it because he wants to make his father happy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In "The Bubbler", he decides to wait on stopping the titled villain because he can finally have a birthday party with his friends. But after seeing the dejected looks on his friends' faces from being forced to have fun by the Bubbler and seeing Ladybug come to stop the said villain, Adrien admonishes himself for being so foolish before transforming as Cat Noir.
    • In "Copycat", Plagg calls out Adrien for his jealousy of Théo for liking Ladybug, going so far as to lie about the nature of their relationship. Which Adrien acknowledges (at least to himself).
    • In "Prime Queen", Ladybug calls Cat Noir out twice for attempting to kiss her without permission.
  • White Sheep: As of season three, every member of the Agreste family aside from Adrien and possibly his mother has been malicious - Gabriel is secretly Hawk Moth, and Amelie and Félix are both jerkasses and thieves.
  • The Worf Effect: Tends to get flung around, subjected to Mind Control, or otherwise incapacitated a lot due to his tendency to jump into battle without having a plan first. As Adrien, he's constantly defeated by Kagami on fencing, despite their moderately similar abilities, when he's depressed or distracted.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no qualms over attacking females who have been akumatized. The fact that akumatized people seem to be more of their possessing butterfly-demon than the original person most of the time might have something to do with it.
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